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School board votes to renegotiate Mosely's contract

DCSS Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, left, stands with school board member Robert Youngblood Monday prior to the board voting unanimously to renegotiate Mosely’s contract.

DCSS Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, left, stands with school board member Robert Youngblood Monday prior to the board voting unanimously to renegotiate Mosely’s contract.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School Board voted unanimously Monday evening to approve entering into new contract negotiations with Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, whose contract, because of a recent change in state law, will now expire on Sept. 30 instead of in January 2014.

Earlier this year, Georgia passed HB 208, which sets strict return to work provisions and limit the number of hours a member of the Teacher's Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) can work.

Mosely was retired from the state when he began work as the DCSS's Interim Superintendent in January.

According to the TRS web site, members who have negotiated a return to work employment contract have been notified that, "retirees who are currently under an employment which extends beyond June 30, 2013, will be required to terminate or suspend their TRS retirement benefit."

Mosely currently draws $138,000 per year from the TRS, and his original one-year deal with the DCSS pays him $175,000 annually with no benefits.

The law, which applies retroactively, states that retirees can work no longer than nine months per year. That maximum will be reached on Sept. 30.

The looming deadline leaves the system, and Mosely, with two options -- he can return home to Climax on Oct. 1 and leave the DCSS without a superintendent for the second time in less than a year, or he can come out of retirement and renegotiate a new contract with the District.

"I'd like to see this thing through, and I hope we can work something out." Mosely said. "Together we have made a tremendous difference."

When he replaced former superintendent Joshua Murfee in January, Mosely said he wanted two hiring cycles to turn around the limping school district.

He just completed his first hiring cycle, replacing the principals at 11 of the district's 24 schools (including three of four high schools) and naming a new curriculum director and interim directors of Title I programs and Child Nutrition Services.

"All the hires we have made have proven to be winners, and they are making a difference," Mosely said. "We've put quality people into key positions and they deserve the credit. This is not a one-man show, and like I said before, I hope we can work something out because I'd like to see this thing through to the end."