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BOE pre-meeting discussion offers topics of interest

Dougherty County School Board members James Bush, left, and Milton "June Bug" Griffin listen to a presentation Tuesday at a BOE work session at West Town Elementary School.

Dougherty County School Board members James Bush, left, and Milton "June Bug" Griffin listen to a presentation Tuesday at a BOE work session at West Town Elementary School.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Warming to his new job, interim Dougherty County School Superintendent Butch Mosely told the Dougherty County School Board Tuesday his top priority heading into the school year would be trimming fat from next year's FY 2014 budget.

"We've identified nearly $1 million in savings from overspending in the system's transportation department for next year," Mosely said. "And between now and the end of the summer, we'll be looking at every staff position in the county in order to avoid redundancies and streamline the organization."

DCSS Executive Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer informed the board his office has already begun the budget process by starting to interview the system's principals in regard to individual schools' staffing needs.

In other business, DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman presented the BOE with a list of administrative tribunal members who would hear potential appeals from teachers and administrators whose cases are currently before the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

The employees, caught up in the system's 2009 CRCT cheating scandal, returned to work last year, but their case files were sent to the PSC, which will determine if the teachers and administrators get to keep their certifications.

Should the PSC revoke the certifications, the employees would then have the option of appealing those decisions before the tribunals.

Coleman said he knew of "10 to 12" revocations but would not be surprised if that number increased before the PSC finished its reviews. He added that any appeals involving the tribunals would cost the system roughly $1,500 per day.

The board also discussed allowing dependent children of Marines stationed at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany to attend any DCSS school of their choice.

Mosely said he and board member Darrel Ealum met recently with base commander Col. Don Davis, and as they entered the base be passed a Worth County School bus.

Approximately 70 children at the base attend school in Worth County. At stake is approximately $266,000 in FTE (full-time equivalent) money from the state, or $3,800 per student.

Mosely would like to keep that money in Dougherty County.

"We should seriously consider this offer to the base," Mosely said to the board. "The base commander (Davis) said he was confident that some of those kids would come back (to the DCSS)."

The next meeting of the School Board is scheduled for March 11 at 6 p.m. at the school administration building.

Comments

Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

Get rid of the LYING, CHEATERS and allow the students to be taught by Teachers with a sense of ethics and standards. DCSS has many good teachers and it is time to remove the cloud over their heads and clean house, cheating “for” the students is really cheating the students of their best opportunity for a better future.

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

The rest of us work under the Laws of a Right to Work State, that also means we can be fired for any reason as long as it doesn't violate specific Federal guidelines on Discrimination. Which have to be proven to have been violated by the fired individual. So how come this doesn't apply to Teachers? If these tribunals and continuous appeals are the result of wording the Local Boards, or the State Board has added to the process, that wording needs to be removed. Why should Teachers have more job protection than the average McDonalds employee? Are they special people with a demonstrated need for protection? I don't believe so.

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VietVet1 1 year, 9 months ago

Picture reminds me of a favorite movie - "Dumb & Dumber"

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PatrickY2K 1 year, 9 months ago

If Bush hadn't come to his senses, Murfree would still be here, and could have gotten another contract. He even stepped down as chairman. Let's move on.

On the other hand, June Bug is an idiot.

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oldster 1 year, 9 months ago

It is good to have a school superintendent who doesn't have any political ties to the political power structure in Albany/Dougherty County.

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RedEric 1 year, 9 months ago

Mosely is doing what an executive is supposed to do. Those in the photo have not seen it before. Saving money is an unnatural act to them. Why save gummit money?

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Looking at the picture,m Bush & June Bug look dumbfounded, as if they are lost.

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bigbob 1 year, 9 months ago

That their nomal look, the duh look.

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jglass 1 year, 9 months ago

He needs to start at the top floor of the building at the corner of Pine and Washington and work his way down to the first floor. I am quite sure there are salaries there that can be done away with. There is probably a lot of redundancies in that building. Stop continuously taking from the teachers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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straightface 1 year, 9 months ago

I know RIGHT... Leave the TEACHERS alone... cant you see its the Main Building thats causing all these problems,issues and the DCSS MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mosely get with the program.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 9 months ago

Mosely has said as much on several different occasions.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

Murfree did too, but Terry didnt report that......

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

AH: "Should the PSC revoke the certifications, the employees would then have the option of appealing those decisions before the tribunals."

Am I understanding this correctly? The local appeals tribunal can reverse the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's certification revocation. What good does it do to refer the case to PSC? Why not just start at the local tribunal? I seem to be missing something even after a repeat read.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

aka "Shock and Awe"

Bush is on my Good List at the moment based on his Rejection/Ejection of "Bow Ties for Brains" Murfree. Here's hoping he can stay there with more good decisions "for tha chilllrrennnnns"

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

"Warming to his job......" That's what happens when you get the friction on. Y'all feel me?

What a pleasant surprise to have somebody employed, paid appropriately, and who takes his job seriously. You Go "Sheriff" Butch Mosely! You go out there and get you some gun smoke!

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