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BOE meets to discuss Murfree contract


Joshua Murfree Jr. is superintendent of the Dougherty County School System.

Joshua Murfree Jr. is superintendent of the Dougherty County School System.

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board met in a called closed executive session for nearly 30 minutes Wednesday to discuss the contract of Superintendent Joshua Murfree.

Murfree’s current three-year contract expires on June 9, 2013 and Board members gathered to discuss individual opinions on whether or not to renew his contract.

School Board attorney Tommy Coleman also participated in the meeting, which was not attended by the superintendent. It is customary that the contracts of superintendents are reviewed by the School Board months before the document’s expiration date.

Minutes were taken during the closed session and Murfree will be given a written summary sometime next week.

Board members refused to speculate on Murfree’s future, and by law are not allowed to discuss what goes on in executive session.

The Board has three options available — terminate the contract, renew it, or let it expire, and has not set a date when they will discuss Murfree’s contract in an open meeting.

Murfree was hired by the board in June of 2010 and given a three-year contract. He replaced former Superintendent Sally Whatley.

In other DCSS news, the State Department of Education, recognizing “special circumstances”, has agreed with Murfree’s new set of deadlines in regard to the hiring of a permanent principal at Albany High School.

Attempts to reach Murfree for comment were unsuccessful, but Deputy State Superintendent for School Turnaround Sylvia Hooker confirmed the two had spoken.

“Dr. Murfee and I spoke yesterday (Tuesday) and we adjusted some things in regard to the deadlines,” Hooker said. “Any time a SIG (School Improvement Grant) school loses a principal we have to be involved in the new hire. There are a lot of moving parts involved in this process.

“(Murfree) made no recommendation to fill the job, and even if he had we would not have accepted it.”

In an Oct. 2 letter to Murfree The GaDOE had issued a set of deadlines for the hire, but Murfree argued the original dates were not realistic and the state agreed.

The new deadlines agreed to by Murfree and Hooker are:

  • Post Opening on Oct. 9
  • Close Job Posting on Oct. 23
  • Open Interviews Oct 24-25
  • Cabinet Interviews on Oct. 26
  • Request for Call Meeting on Oct. 26
  • Call meeting Oct. 29 to recommend principal for AHS.

The GaDOE will be involved in the screening, interviewing and recommending of the candidate offered for approval of the Board.

Albany High has been without a permanent principal since former principal Angela Schumate was caught up in the CRCT investigation eight months ago. Scott Horton has been serving as interim principal since then.

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Twosons 1 year, 11 months ago

I think you have to look at this like an election even though he was hired. Has he make a difference? Are the kids better today than they were before he was hired? Did he do what he said he was going to do? Did he say he was going to do anything? Well?

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Any way you spin it, knowing the school board. I am betting they give him a new contract with a huge raise. I would be shocked if it was otherwise.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

And we all know who those 4 are...The gang of four.

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

Cheapest way out is to refuse to renew, and replace him next June. That way if he finds other employment before then. you save that money. Otherwise if they terminate, therer is a Hearing (with which the DSCC hasn't had much luck) and severance equal to his pay.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

On a side note, who has a picture of oneself as their desktop wallpaper?

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Outtahere 1 year, 11 months ago

A self-absorbed, arrogant individual!

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

A bit narrsasistic if you ask me. He probably sits and tells his computer screen how great he is. He is a bit like the President exiting the Presidential taxi, I mean helicopter above. He loves to tell people how great he is.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

"Who is that sexy beast? That's right, that sexy beast is me."

- Dr. Murfree in his office chair

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Outtahere 1 year, 11 months ago

Too funny!!!!! Sexy Beast, lol!!

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

The man in Sherwood Eagle Alum's avatar would say "stay sexy my friend." AKA as "The most interesting man in the world."

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

Indeed! That's probably why Murfree says to himself when he looks at his desktop wallpaper.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

Dr.

Please step down so the commenters can hire someone who look like them and not the tax base. We pay the bills around here, and we will get the last say so!

BRV - Semi-Retired

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Jacob 1 year, 11 months ago

First, you are a racist. Of course, you already know that. Second, grammar is your friend. Look into it. You will sound less stupid that way.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

At least we agree that he should step down. Just for different reasons.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

I think BVR ment to write "Semi Retarded" instead of "Semi Retired." I just call it like I see it. :)

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MRKIA 1 year, 11 months ago

THAT IS WHAT HE MEANT. HIS SPELLING IS TERRIBLE

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Ha! Da Corch hasn't been BVR in so long he put BRV instead of BVR.

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

people didn't have a problem with Dr. Culbreath, so, your racism claim is a bunch of bull! And don't think that just because albany is majority black that that means that the blacks are the tax base. the ones EARNING wages and owning property is the tax base.

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MRKIA 1 year, 11 months ago

IT'S THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE YOU THAT ARE SCREWING THIS THING UP. YOUR RENT-A-RIM AND RENT-A-CENTER ACCOUNTS ARE NOT BILLS. WE'RE TALKING HOUSE NOTES AND TAXES.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the greatest of them all........

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spookj6 1 year, 11 months ago

People say when you hit a dog they'll holla. Did I hear somebody say the "RACIST" word when everything they talk about is negative toward people. So when they get what and it backfires I wonder what they will say then.

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Jacob 1 year, 11 months ago

Please get someone is semi-literated to help you try to type a coherent sentence so that we might have a clue as to your point, if you have one..

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Looks like you've been hit too many times.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

It seems a bit premature to talk contract 9-10 months out. What's the hurry? Could it be the incestuous nest of corrupt rogues are trying to finesse a renewal for ole #34?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe they want to issue it NOW.....prior to the November elections? As to the reason for that........well I think we all know it without even saying it. It's a form of the "REAL Hidden Agenda".

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 11 months ago

It is customary procedure state-wide to consider District superintendents contracts after the slips under the one-year remaining mark. No conspiracy there :)

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

Well, darn! I thought I had it nailed.

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AlbanyDad 1 year, 11 months ago

Black and White people want to see him go!!! Who in the sam blazing hills hires the #34 ranked person out of 40 plus people...

Please just buy him out and go hire someone else; we would save a ton of money by doing that...heck I am willing to bet we taxpayers would be first in line to start this...I got a $20.00 bill to start off...

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Outtahere 1 year, 11 months ago

They're just discussing how to hide the big raise he's going to receive.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 11 months ago

BVR's rantings posted yesterday was spot on for Murphy..."Thanks for giving our system a bad name, blame it on whatever, remember to blame yourself." Finally BVR has come to understand the difference between the Real world and his Fairy land.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

David Maschke is the only board member who has his head screwed on right on the board. Ealum and Tharin are grubs. They don't have the slightest clue of what is going on in mechanics of the BofE or DCSS. The best thing to say of the latter two is they don't drool real bad. I would call a news conference and tell the community what was going on. The more pyogenic agents fester the longer it takes to cure them. Open it up to sunshine.

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Sally_O 1 year, 11 months ago

Murfree was nominated for Superintendent of the year, y'all think they will not renew his contract?

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

Anyone can be nominated, as long as there is someone stupid enough to bring the individuals name forward.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I think Sally was being sarcastic.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

His nomination die for lack of a second.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Who needs Ol #34 the DCSS is currently being managed by State DOE by Mandate Letters. All Ol #34 and the DCSS Board along with Tommy Coleman dois react to Written Mandates and Deadlines from DOE. The Mandates are coming so regular now because Nobody is Steering The DCSS. Help! Help! SOS. SOS The Ship hit an Iceberg where is Captain #34!!! SOS

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

Dont worry Dr, keep working smart. Your leadership have turned things around, you inherited a mess, your job is safe.

After you sign your contract, maybe the unfair attacks will stop.

Ray Charles can see the status quo hidden agenda, to bad you dont look like them. They will never accept you, you dont fit their ___, I'll let them fill in the blank.

P.S. I dont look like you either, but, I support you!!!!!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 11 months ago

ROFLMAO so now you are asking Murf to work smart. Is that because you see the poor job of Leadership he is providing and you want a smarter effort or do you think he has suddenly started doing a good job now that the State is giving him directions?

If the fab 4 offer Murf a contract they have damned DCSS to become a complete failure. The one bright spot is if Murf is renewed YOU will have No One but the "People who look like him" to blame for the FAILURE. Vote for the Charter Schools and see just how Murf stands with parents who want a better education for their children. Murf will never withstand the competition for blacks or whites who care about their children's futures.

And your race baiting has gotten old...Grow UP

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bubbavet 1 year, 11 months ago

Even Ray Charles would say "Hit the road Jack" and don't cha come back no mo.

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MRKIA 1 year, 11 months ago

THE BLAME FOR THIS ENTIRE FIASCO LIES SQUARELY ON THE HEADS THAT HIRED THIS MAN IN THE FIRST PLACE. MURFREE HAD THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION BUT HAD NO EXPERIENCE AND NONE OF THE QUALIFICATIONS. THE FOUR THAT VOTED HIM IN KNEW HE WAS NOT QUALIFIED BUT THE FIX WAS IN AND IT BLEW UP IN THEIR FACES. I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IN THE BEGINNING THAT MURFREE WOULD WORK HARD TO PROVE EVERYONE WRONG DUE TO THE OUTCRY OVER HIS HIRING, ALSO, IT HAD BEEN SAID THAT THE BOARD WAS HIRING A FLUNKEY TO DO THEIR BIDDING. FAST FORWARD 2.5YRS AND CRCT ASIDE (NOT ON HIS WATCH, BUT HE STILL MANAGED TO DRAW NEGATIVE ATTENTION) AND IT HAS BEEN ONE CATASTROPHY ON TOP OF ANOTHER. MURFREE HAS DONE NOTHING TO CHANGE THE NEGATIVE PERCEPTION PEOPLE HAVE. HE DID NOT COME IN AND HANDLE THIS THING LIKE, SAY COLIN POWELL. NOPE, STRAIGHT UP BARNEY FIFE. I SAY NIP IT.

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

In any real Industry, the performance of the current Superintendant would be rewarded with termination for cause with no severance or golden parachute.

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MRKIA 1 year, 11 months ago

YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE HIM OWN NO REAL INDUSTRY

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

After reading these posts, no wonder the school system is in trouble.

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parentoftwo 1 year, 11 months ago

This is what you get when you skip over 33 more qualified applicants and hire one who had no experience or qualifications to fill the job. The only thing going for him was that he had friends on the board who were more interested in helping a friend get a job than they were in the education of our children.

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Cartman 1 year, 11 months ago

Hidden agenda. This board intends to renew Murfrees contract before the new school board takes office.

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

Cartman, you make a good point. I just don't see how his contract can be renewed. Like one of the comments states CRCT aside, he has done no improvements and has not run the ship like it should be run. There are too many spending issues, etc.

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DoctorDorite 1 year, 11 months ago

He's dumb like a fox, he's got Tommy Coleman and the State of Ga. telling him what has to be done. He does'nt even have to do any serious thinking or decision making like other superintendents, just show up pass on the directions he's given and sit back and collect a nice check.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Such a dapper dresser! It's either "the clothes make the man" or "an empty suit" whichever cliche you prefer.

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Clyde 1 year, 11 months ago

I've FINALLY found the best desktop picture in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!! If only I could get a copy of the one on his machine. THAT one has some SERIOUS "swag".

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MRKIA 1 year, 11 months ago

HE LOOKS LIKE HE LOST ONE OF HIS TESTICLES. NOT IMPRESSIVE.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

We the bill payers support you Dr, please keep your efforts on educating the youth. Dont worry, they will find someone else to pick on, stand your ground and keep your head up.

Jim Crow and scare Crow days are gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Semi-Real Deal

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

They were wrong about CRCT, Riggins, Obama, and they will get it wrong with you. When you sign that contract, they will give up and give you a chance.

We're lucky to have you at the Helm - God Bless!

BVR

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

Sign that contract, 3 more years. Keep improving.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

You need to give some of these commenters a job, they are on their PC's 24-7.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

You deserve a medal for saving our system, we support our Education CEO - Dr. Murfree.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

Dr. Murfree, please hang in their, dont take your talents to South Beach!

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 11 months ago

Bubbavet...we, the teachers, are praying that his contract is not renewed. It is humiliating to tell people that you're a teacher in the DCSS. Unfortunately, we've been screwed...can't find another teaching job because we're associated with this mess he and friends created. By the way, Bubba, you're a racist of the worst kind. My very good friends, blacks and whites, agree you are exactly what prevents Albany from progressing. They say you are filled with anger and hatred. And yes, they do know who you are!

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 11 months ago

Exactly, how did he save this system?

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

The same way President Obama saved America, read and learn the constitution, stop letting the status quo defind your behavior. I pay my own bills, remember this, I dont play the radio rookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We the tax payers "Bill Payers" support our system and it's leaders, what you need to do is get on board.

The Real fair Deal, I'm still semi retired.

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bubbavet 1 year, 11 months ago

You a tax payer? You ain't smart enough to pay attention.

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 11 months ago

Exactly, tell me again, exactly has Obama saved America and exactly what has he done for you? Exactly, how has Murfree saved Doughtery County Schools and exactly how have the children of this county improved from his leadership? Exactly, what does the Constitution state, what prompted our forefathers to write it, in detail backed by historical events explain the preamble. In your last paragraph, decide if the Consitution is relevant to our changing world? Bubbavet, until you can answer the questions....don't speak out about things that make you look ignorant....the folks that know you haven't said you're ignorant just that you are a racist filled with hate....even to the kids.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Does he REALLY wear a bow tie and cuff links every day of the year???????

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GG126 1 year, 11 months ago

So what???? The Lee County Superintendent also wears a suit and tie every day.

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Duane_Kelley 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't know the Supt. personally nor am I fully abreast on his ability or lack thereof to run my hometown school district but I hear the stories and I read this paper daily...what I have found is that it sure is easy to sit at your computer and bash people when you don't have to reveal who you are.....if he is indeed responsible for the mess that is DCSS then he should go...period...but as citizens what have we done to honestly make our system better?? Have we volunteered? Have we offered our services as a community to make our Professional Learning Community the best it could be? If you haven't then you should do so for the product the school puts out directly or indirectly will affect us....I implore us as a community regardless of race creed or religion to become active in our schools and do what we can to improve it....complaining and throwing rocks then hiding your hands surely is not the answer.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 11 months ago

Your'e right, they have hidden agendas. The poor people or holding the people who doesn't look like them down. Equality is impossible in those type of environments. Doing instead of typing is the answer for get a life sister and her poor conservative followers.

BRV

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Dapper Dan the Hurdy Gurdy Man.

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