ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board on Monday approved sweeping changes at the top of more than half of the county’s public schools on Monday, voting 7-0 to place new principals in three high schools, three middle schools, six elementary schools and the South Georgia Regional Achievement Center.
The board voted on recommendations made by Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely.
Current Radium Springs Middle School Principal Vinson Davis will replace Valerie Thomas at Monroe High, while jobs have been offered to out-of-town educators to replace Jose Roquemore at Dougherty High and Angela Shumate at Albany High.
All three departing principals will remain within the system, but in what capacity has not been announced. All three were named in the 2009 Governor’s Report of CRCT cheating within the system.
At the middle school level, current Merry Acres assistant principal Valerie Williams will replace Vinson at Radium Springs and current Dougherty Middle Principal Thelma Chunn will replace Sammy Pringle at Robert Cross Magnet. At Albany Middle, an offer to an out-of-town educator is pending to replace the departing Horace Reid.
Pringle’s and Reid’s future statuses with the DCSS have not been announced.
The system will also see five elementary schools change principals.
Current Turner Elementary Principal Gail Solomon will replace Pat Victor at Alice Coachman; Deborah Jones, currently at Sylvester Road, will replace Solomon at Turner.
Three other elementary principals, Sheryl Holmes at Lincoln Magnet, Jackie Frazier at Morningside and David Adams, the interim at M.L. King, have announced their respective retirements.
Interviews for their replacements will be held today and Wednesday by a four-member panel comprising Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, Finance and Operations Director Ken Dyer, HR Director Farrel Young and a representative from Curriculum Director Ufot Inyang’s office.
In other action Monday, the board approved the retirement of Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer.