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Tharin: Vote on principal changes sends message

ALBANY, Ga. -- For months, Dougherty County School System Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely promised that changes were on the horizon for the District. Monday night, he and the School Board delivered on that promise.

In a rare unanimous vote, the seven board members accepted the retirements of four principals and the placement of new principals at eight other schools, including three of the district’s four high schools.

In total, 12 of the District’s 24 schools and the South Georgia Regional Achievement center will have new principals in place for the 2013-14 school year, which starts in August.

“I think this will be a positive change for our school system in that we will have people in administrative positions with new ideas and focus,” Board Chair Carol Tharin said Tuesday. “It shows the system is headed in the right direction and that our employees will be held accountable.”

Board Vice Chairman James Bush said the decision for the changes was best for the system’s nearly 16,000 students.

“There are times we’ve all made bad decisions, and this board is no different in that regard. Now we have a chance to clean things up,” Bush said. “This is all about making sure our kids can read, write and talk, and the final measurement is in performance.

“The 7-0 vote is indicative of the board’s unanimity on this issue.”

The sweeping moves leave the system looking for principals at Dougherty and Monroe high schools; Albany Middle, Lincoln Magnet, M.L. King, Morningside elementary schools and the

South Georgia RAC.

Out-of-town job offers are pending for the Albany High and Dougherty High and Albany Middle school positions. The DCSS is currently conducting interviews for the elementary school positions.

Four principals, David Adams at M.L. King, Sheryl Holmes at Lincoln, Jackie Frazier at Magnolia and David Walker at Morningside, will retire at the end of the school year, which concludes June 30.

The board also accepted the retirement of Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer. Mosley said he had no plans to replace Goseer, leaving that position open for a permanent superintendent to fill.

Mosely did not recommend any terminations Monday, which leaves the future of eight former principals in limbo. The superintendent said that, barring any more retirements, Angela Schumate (Albany High), Jose Roquemore (Dougherty), Valerie Thomas (Monroe), Horace Reid (Albany Middle), Sammie Pringle (Robert Cross), Pat Victor (Alice Coachman), Gail Solomon (Turner) and John I. Davis (South GA RAC) would be reassigned within the system.

The board's 7-0 vote is unusual in that past personnel decisions have been fractured, often along racial lines. Tharin said the board's unanimity Monday also sent a message.

"I think the 7-0 vote indicates there is a different atmosphere on this School Board," she said. "We were dedicated to working together and making the changes needed to be made for the benefit of our children.

"For once, we are in one accord."

Bush agreed.

"I've been pleased to work with our new board members," Bush said. "We have all worked very hard to get along and work together, and I think we owe a vote of thanks to (District 1 Board member) Robert Youngblood."

Comments

Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 1 week ago

WOW! I am feeling the genesis of the beginning of the possibility of being cautiously optimistic.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 1 week ago

Watch you back Youngblood. Bush speaks with forked tongue.

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Abytaxpayer 11 months, 1 week ago

In a rare unanimous vote = Butch Mosely has the roaches RUNNING from the Light. ........Thank you Butch Mosely

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erock 11 months, 1 week ago

this is rather comical isn't it. There's a new Sheriff in town.

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chinaberry25 11 months, 1 week ago

Hire the best people you can for the jobs. A shakeup is needed and race and kinfolk should not be a deciding factor. Check the education and background of them. Years of classroom experience is also needed. At least 10 years. Just because you are a well liked coach does not necessarily give you any shoe in. When I was in school that was the norm. If you were a coach, then you were on the fast tract for principal. This should have never been for they may be well liked, but not qualified. It will take a strong disciplined person to make a turn around, not being everyone's friend.

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GG126 11 months, 1 week ago

Who voted for the recently hired AP at Monroe? He was allegedly escorted out of Tift Co. High School and terminated. How did he end up in DCSS? Who brought him here? Friends in high places? We should look deeper into these 'out-of county' applicants.

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Doc15 11 months, 1 week ago

GG126......I am willing to bet you that Butch and these out of town applicants are friends or associates in some way. Now if they can get the job done, welcome aboard.

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Bubbavet_rureel 11 months, 1 week ago

Wow, sister is quite on this one.

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whattheheck 11 months, 1 week ago

"For once, we are in one accord." And for once I can agree with the entire Board!

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rightasrain 11 months, 1 week ago

Haven't heard a word from Lane; she was going to be the great hope, the great changer; has she suddenly lost her voice?

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Doc15 11 months, 1 week ago

Yeah, Lane Price has been quiet since she took office. Maybe she isn't the "school board" changer after all.

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Terry.Lewis 11 months, 1 week ago

She is learning on the job. She won't say anything until she is certain it's correct.

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PatrickY2K 11 months, 1 week ago

What did Robert Cross MS do to deserve Ms. Chunn?!

It won't go well. You heard it here, first.

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Shinedownfan 11 months, 1 week ago

WOW, One Chunn a principal at Westover, another Chunn at Robert Cross! I bet that household brings in the cash!!! I bet they both they both drive Jags or a Lexus, Sister_Ruby!

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Momof3 11 months, 1 week ago

I have to agree. Both my sons are at RCMS and I love it the way it is. I pray she doesn't come over and mess up with is already working!

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Doc15 11 months, 1 week ago

Thelma Chunn couldn't get a hold on DMS! If Pringle had Robert Cross MS where it should have been then the reason for moving him was pointless. DMS has been a circus, a jungle, and a zoo since Thelma took over. I most certainly hope that Robert Cross MS doesn't fall by the way side. The parents at RCMS should hold T. Chunn accountable. Thelma needs to take a page out of her husband's hand book at WHS and see why he is so successful. Butch, if it ain't broke then don't fix it.

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Amazed2 11 months, 1 week ago

See how the atmosphere changes with a qualified leader. I'm just sad that Mr Mosley is leaving us at the end of June.

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Terry.Lewis 11 months, 1 week ago

Unless the board hires someone or he quits before June of 2014, Mosely will be here.

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JJ417 11 months, 1 week ago

Who voted for the recently hired AP at Monroe? He was allegedly escorted out of Tift Co. High School and terminated. How did he end up in DCSS? Who brought him here? Friends in high places? We should look deeper into these 'out-of county' applicants.

His name is Dr. Ryan Gravitts. He was fired from Tift Co. on Nov 13, 2012 (See Tifton Gazette News Paper). He was brought in by Dr. Mosley. Now he is interveiwing for a position within the DCSS system.---- We should look deeper into these 'out-of county' applicants. He's a friend of a friend.

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Terry.Lewis 11 months, 1 week ago

I spent two days trying to find out what happened with Gravitt in Tifton. Best that I could come up with is that Gravitt and Tift Co. Superintendent Patrick Atwater did not see eye-to-eye and Atwater won the battle. Gravitt and the District then reached a settlement. You might want to talk to James Bush, who made his own investigation.

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GG126 11 months ago

Ok Terry, so the current AP at Monroe from Tifton is not Dr. Graffitts. Dr. Graffitts allegedly posted extremely racist facebook posts following the November 6, 2012 Presidential election. This info has spread like wildfire through the community for weeks. Why in the world does he want to come to DCSS with his reputation? Maybe he should apply in Lee County.

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Terry.Lewis 11 months ago

I understand that. I heard the same, but I could never substantiate the alledged facebook post or that he approved varying corporal punishment at TCHS. If anyone can furnish me proof of either rumor, I'll go with it.

You have also spelled his name differently twice, this could also be a factor in the facebook rumor.

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GG126 11 months ago

Thanks! No, the misspelling is my error.

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