DCSS hires GSBA to help in find permanent superintendent

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to enlist the Georgia School Board Association’s (GSBA) help in finding a permanent replacement for Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely. The contract with the GSBA is worth $6,500.

“I’d like to stress that I want us to find the best person in the southeast and not limit our search to the state of Georgia,” Board member Darrel Ealum said during the meeting’s pre-briefing.

“We always as school boards if they are interested in candidates primarily from Georgia, the southeast or nationally,” GSBA consultant Bill Sampson said. “We have the ability to advertise in national publications such as Education Week. All our vacancies are also listed on our web site. How and where we search is really up to the board.”

BOE chair Carol Tharin agreed with Ealum saying, “I’d also like to extend our search beyond the state of Georgia.

In a related development, the board voted 5-2, with James Bush and Milton “June Bug” Griffin voting ‘No’, on amending Mosley’s contract to satisfy the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia (TRS). According to DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman, the TRS was not pleased at the State BOE granting the Districts contract waiver request that allowed Mosley to remain on the job past Sept.. 30, 2013, extending his contract to June 30, 2014.

The TRS’s issue dealt with the system playing Mosely $175,000 per year past the group’s nine-month ‘49 percenter’ cutoff date. Coleman, with TRS approval, reworked the contract to halve Mosely’s monthly salary of $14, 583, add$1,585 a month in expenses and extend Mosely’s contract for an additional three months of work as an ‘administrative assistant,’ to the new permanent superintendent.

Mosely is now under contract until Sept. 30, 2014, but the entire reworked package still is in line with the original $175,000 per year he is currently being paid, it’s just three months longer.

“I am not going to vote for this because, at least to me, 49 percent is 49 percent,” Bush said in explaining his ‘no’ vote. “Where is all this money supposed to come from?”