Dougherty School System interim Superintendent Butch Mosely
ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County School System Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely knows how to handle a crowd, and that talent was on full display before the Dougherty County Rotary Club Tuesday at Doublegate Country Club.
Mixing stories with seriousness, Mosely, who became the District's interim super in January, urged the Rotarians to stand behind the DCSS as it strives to recover from missteps of the past.
"I'd been reading The Herald and following the Dougherty School System since 2002," Mosely, a native of Climax, said. "The more I read, the more interested I got. The news wasn't good then, but I knew that somewhere the potential for good existed in the DCSS. When the interim superintendent's job came open, I was willing to take a chance and applied for the job.
Mosely said he accepted the temporary role for two reasons:
"No.1, I knew the system could be turned around if we got the right people and put them into the right places," he said. "And No. 2, I wanted to see if I was smart enough to pull this one off ...," as the room erupted in laughter.
Mosley walked into a system still reeling from a CRCT cheating scandal, allegations of fraud within the free and reduced meal program, and a virtual take over of the district by the State Department of Education.
"Our first task was to convince the State DOE , which was sitting on $9 million of our money, that we were putting people in place who would do the right thing," Mosely said. "They didn't trust the school system. We're still working on that, but we are making headway."
In addition to those problems Mosely had to find people to fill the human resource, curriculum, technical, and child nutrition directors positions. He filled those slots, then last month replaced 11 of the system's 24 principals.
"It's been a tough job; I knew that coming in," Mosely said. "But this is part of the task of turning this ship around. I have never been afraid of hiring intelligent people, and I think we are going to see the results next school year."