BOE calls special meeting to discuss Mosely contract

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School Board has scheduled a special called meeting Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss how to handle the contract situation of interim Superintendent Butch Mosely.

Because of a recent change in state law, Mosely will have to step down from his interim position on Sept. 30 instead of when his current contract expires in January 2014.

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

According to the TRS website, 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. Mosely will reach that maximum on Sept. 30.

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

Mosley, Gravitt to attend educational town hall meeting

Mosely and new Dougherty High School Principal Ryan Gravitt will join Ward I Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard for a town hall meeting at the East Albany Community Center Saturday at 10 a.m.

The meeting will allow Gravitt, the former principal of Tift County High School, an opportunity to discuss his vision and goals for Dougherty High.

Mosely will also discuss his plans for the school system in the upcoming school year.

Both educators will take questions from the audience.

With registration under way, DCSS picks up 10 new students .... so far.

Last week's educational information session at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany appears to be bearing fruit for the DCSS.

With registration in full swing, Mosely said Wednesday that the district had picked up 10 new students from the base, and more could follow.

While the MCLB meeting had been scheduled for weeks, the recent dust-up with the Worth County School System, where 57 on-base children are enrolled, no doubt added to the full house.

Two weeks ago, the Worth County School Board conducted a called meeting at which the board voted unanimously to amend a policy decision it made July 11 that would have prevented the children of active-duty Marines assigned to MCLB-Albany to attend schools in the district.

The Worth board met at a called session four days later and voted to amend that decision by "grandfathering in" the MCLB-Albany students who are already enrolled in the system, allowing them to remain in their current schools.

Further discussions will take place with MCLB-Albany and Worth school officials about a possible stipend for future enrolled students.

Mosely and more than 35 of the Dougherty system's front-line administrators and principals touted rising test scores and improving academics to the base's parents, hoping to lure some of the children into the local system.

The final day of DCSS registration is July 31, and Mosely said he'd have a better idea of the total number of new students picked up after registration ends.