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Board approves principal hires

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely speaks with Board Member Velvet Riggins before Wednesday’s board meeting. The board unanimously voted to hire six new principals and one assistant principal.

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely speaks with Board Member Velvet Riggins before Wednesday’s board meeting. The board unanimously voted to hire six new principals and one assistant principal.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Again showing a united front, Dougherty County School Board members voted unanimously to hire six new principals Wednesday as it continues to restructure the school system’s administrative staff.

Among the principals hired Thursday were Rodney Bullard at Albany High, Ryan Gravitt at Dougherty High, Therman Flowers at Albany Middle School, LaTonya Stephenson at Live Oak Elementary, Ronald Lewis at Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School, and David Hamilton at South Georgia Regional Achievement Center.

Todd Deariso was also hired as an assistant principal at Albany Middle School.

The 7-0 vote sends a message that real change, from the board on down through the ranks is happening, Interim Supt. Butch Mosely said.

"I think it shows support for this administration and for turning this district around," Mosely said following Wednesday's meeting. "This board understands that some tough decisions have to be made and they're making them."

Mosely said that those hired are among the best Southwest Georgia has to offer. He said 121 applicants sought nine assistant principal jobs -- a fact he believes shows a change in perception for the Dougherty County School System.

"People from around the region are hearing about the changes we're making and they want to be a part of it," Mosely said. "That's encouraging for us because we want good people."