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Gravitt steps down as Dougherty principal

Local activist William Wright speaks before a special-called meeting of the Dougherty County School Board Wednesday evening. Board members Milton "June Bug" Griffin, left, and Darrel Ealum listen.

Local activist William Wright speaks before a special-called meeting of the Dougherty County School Board Wednesday evening. Board members Milton "June Bug" Griffin, left, and Darrel Ealum listen.

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board has replaced Dougherty High School Principal Ryan Gravitt and named an interim principal to finish out the remainder of the school year.

During a special called meeting Wednesday, the board voted 6-0 to remove Gravitt, a former principal at Tift County High and assistant principal at Monroe, and replace him on an interim basis with DCSS “principal coach” Robert McIntosh.

Gravitt got the job at Doughtery in late June during a district-wide shakeup in school leadership by Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely. McIntosh has been with the DCSS since June.

McIntosh is a former superintendent of the Miller County school system, serving from 2010 to 2012. He was fired in Oct. of last year by a new school board after Gov. Nathan Deal replaced the entire five-person body.

The state BOE had recommended the suspension of the entire BOE, citing conflict between McIntosh and some board members and meetings “bordering on becoming dysfunctional.”

Gravitt will become an administrative assistant at a site yet to be determined

In other business, the board, also by a 6-0 vote approved an amended contract for Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely in which Mosely will work for half of his original pay until June 30, 2014.

The controversy surrounding Mosely began late last month after the Georgia Board of Education approved the system’s request of a waiver from a new “49 percenter” law which limits the number of hours state retirees can earn while still drawing their pensions from the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia (TRS).

The TRS rejected two previous contract proposals from the DCSS before Mosely finally relented and said he would be willing to draw 49 percent of his current salary to remain on the job until the end of the fiscal year.