DCSS Board Chair Carol Tharin and Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely listen during discussion of Mosely’s contract status during the BOE meeting Friday afternoon.
ALBANY — The Dougherty County School board met for nearly three hours Friday as the body sorted through a packed agenda including an amended contract for the superintendent, the addition of 25 new teachers to the system payroll, and a reduced role for school police assistant chief J.C. Phillips.
The board voted 6-1 to approve an amended contract for Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely, whose contract now runs through June 30, 2014. Milton “June Bug” Griffin was the sole dissenting vote.
The local approval came a day after the State Board of Education approved a consent agenda which included a waiver request from the Dougherty County School Board in regard to the contract status of Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely.
As a member of the state teacher retirement system, Mosely needed the state BOE waiver to continue working with the DCSS past Sept. 30.
In other action the board unanimously approved the hiring of 25 new teachers to expand the district’s EIP (early intervention programs.)
The premise is to add new intervention programs in K-3rd grades in an attempt to catch students who are lagging behind their peers. The DCSS’s current EIP program is in place only in grades four and five.
DCSS Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer said the additional teachers — all new hires — would cost approximately $1 million and would be paid for out of the general fund initially until the system can ask the state for help in funding the additional manpower.
“With the money we are spending we realize we are going to have to raise the bar, but we also realize that improvement will not happen overnight,” DCSS Curriculum Director Ufot Inyang told the board. “With the additional manpower we should start seeing gains and improvements over the next year or two. One thing is certain, we cannot continue down the same old path.”
The board also approved the purchase of seven new school buses for $724,000, more than $540,000 of which comes from a state allotment. The DCSS will pay the remaining $183,000 out of SPLOST funds.
Immediately after that vote, the board moved into a executive session to discuss personnel. When they emerged the board voted 4-1 to reduce Phillips’ dual role as assistant police chief/chief investigator to chief investigator.
Board members Velvet Riggins abstained and Darrell Ealum cast the lone “no” vote.
“I voted no because I wanted to see (Phillips) in a more significantly reduced role if not terminated,” Ealum said.