New Dougherty County School Board Chairwoman Carol Tharin, left, and BOE member Lane Price, right, flank new interim Superintendent David “Butch” Mosely shortly after Mosely was sworn in Monday night. The board voted unanimously to move embattled Federal Programs Director Betty Graper to the system’s math department.
ALBANY, Ga. — David “Butch” Mosely was sworn in as the Dougherty County School System’s interim superintendent Monday night and he wasted little time making his first personnel move: moving embattled Federal Programs Director Betty Graper to the system’s math curriculum department.
“Yes, I recommended we move Betty Graper to the math department. It needed to be done.” Mosely said after the board meeting was adjourned. “I think it was a productive meeting. I’m still shaking and baking right now, trying to get my feet under me. I visited four schools (Monday) and will visit four more (on Tuesday), and so far the reaction has been positive.”
Graper, a member of former Superintendent Joshua Murfree’s cabinet, had been at the center of a State Department of Education probe into improper or undocumented Federal Title I Part A expenditures by the school district. That probe led to the district’s reimbursement of nearly $300,000 to Atlanta and the placing of the system at “high risk” status by the state.
The meeting was also the first regular meeting attended by new board members Lane Price and Robert Youngblood.
During the board pre-briefing, Price, a physician, gave an indication that a new line of thinking might be on display ... over something as mundane as school fundraising activities.
“I’ve noticed that most of our fundraisers involve the sale of candy, which leads to childhood obesity,” Price commented. “I’d like to see us look at the possibility of limiting candy sales and for us to look at more healthy alternatives.”
Mosely said he would consider Price’s suggestion.
The next DCSS BOE meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at Turner Elementary School.