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Price making a final push

Lane Price, Democratic nominee for the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat, tell Dougherty County Kiwanis Club members Monday (Oct. 15, 2012) that the school system is broken and she wants to help fix it. She is being opposed by Lorenzo Heard, who is mounting a write-in campaign.

Lane Price, Democratic nominee for the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat, tell Dougherty County Kiwanis Club members Monday (Oct. 15, 2012) that the school system is broken and she wants to help fix it. She is being opposed by Lorenzo Heard, who is mounting a write-in campaign.

ALBANY, Ga. — After six months on the campaign trail, Dougherty County School Board at-large candidate Lane Price is ready for the finish line.

Price, the medical director at Willson Hospice House, is pitted against write-in candidate Lorenzo Heard in the Nov. 6 general election.

“It’s been a long six months, but I have met people all over the county who know our school system is broken and being held together with baling wire and duct tape,” Price said shortly after addressing the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club on Monday. “We desperately need change because what we are doing now is not working.”

After defeating incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in July’s Democratic primary, Price has been trying to learn as much as she can about the inner workings of the nearly 16,000-student school district.

“Fixing our school system is going to be a huge project,” Price said. “It will take a four-year commitment, maybe even eight years, to get things working again.”

If she wins next month, Price said the first thing she’ll do is delve into the budget issues plaguing the school system.

“The Dougherty County School System is a financial mess,” Price said “We have the state Department of Education now involved involved in every federal program we have and they are threatening to withhold millions of dollars in funding. Things have been mismanaged and mishandled.

“Money is vital to the operation of the system. We need to get our financial house in order.”

The candidate will also reach out to communicate with parents and teachers to seek answers to the 26-school system’s other problems.

“We need ‘chat sessions’ to open lines of communication with parents and teachers,” said Price. “I want people to know that the BOE’s time of politicking is over. We need to drop the egos and conflicts. We are in trouble and it’s not a time for grandstanding.

“Our teachers are a precious resource and we need to get them involved.”

Academically, Price said, her first priority will be to concentrate on third-grade reading scores. She recounted a conversation with a man who works for a company which builds prisons and jails.

“He told me that when figuring out how many cells to build, they look at third-grade reading scores and see how many children are reading below grade level,” Price said. “Because 15 years down the road those are the people who stand a very good chance of being in jail or prison.”

This is why she wants to get retired teachers and business people involved in helping to lift those third-grade reading scores.

“I think it is great that we have members of our community make mission trips overseas,” Price said. “But we also have plenty of mission work right here at home. We have to figure out what our real problems are and have a plan to fix them.”

Comments

waltspecht 1 year, 6 months ago

Had it been a minority / majority individual that won the primary, and an individual of the Caucasion persuasion had done what Mr. Heard is doing, the hue and cry of racism would have been out there loud and clear. Funny how it didn't work that way in this case. Yet is is clearly what it appears to be. I don't think anyone believes Heard would be trying to run had Williams won.

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BSDevereaux 1 year, 6 months ago

It didnt work in this case because caucasions dont stick together and fight for whats right. They let the black-americans run over them with racism. Its at every level of politics and will soon dominate this country.

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RedEric 1 year, 6 months ago

Dr Lane is, of course, correct they MUST get the fiscal house in order. What Bishop Heard doesn't believe, doesn't understand, doesn't think it applies to him is that if the local school board can't fix DCSS, the State will. The money bucket is going to be empty soon anyway. He best stay away from the school board, because if he is on there when the State comes in they might investigate his huge government grants for hauling kids around on a bus. They might be like $90,000 reading improvement contracts.

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43cop 1 year, 6 months ago

O.K. Albany and Dougherty County, now is the time to get out and vote. Dr. Price is obviously the only choice for the DCSS or we will be in worst shape that we are now. Dr. Price will at least expose the problems even if she is only one vote and maybe, just maybe, the State and Fereral governments will then step in and do something.

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

For those folks writing in Lane's opponent it is Lorenzo Hurd. Be sure you spell it correctly. That's Hurd H-U-R-D.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 6 months ago

The only reason she will win is because of that "write in" stuff the Coach was talking about.......if it was a fair election, she would get beat. But this one is already over. Congrats Lane....Now go out and support the "south-side" that supported you!

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