The Dougherty County School Board is expected to name interim Superintendent Butch Mosely as the county’s permanent superintendent at a called board meeting Monday morning. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board will hold a called meeting at 8:30 a.m. Monday at which time interim Superintendent Butch Mosely is expected to be named as the system’s 15th permanent superintendent.
Mosely, 72, has held the interim job since January 2013 after former superintendent Joshua Murfree stepped down at the end of 2012. In an unrelated development, Murfree on Friday was named as the new intercollegiate athletic director at Fort Valley State University
Two weeks ago, the board officially announced Mosely and Colquitt County School Superintendent Samuel DePaul as the two finalists for the DCSS job.
The Albany Herald, however, has learned that Mosley has the support from the majority of the board members needed to be offered the DCSS position, and that he would like for that vote to be unanimous.
When Mosely arrived in Albany, he found a school system in dire need of a major makeover. He inherited a CRCT cheating scandal dating back to the administration of Murfree’s predecessor, Sally Whatley. The state accused 49 teachers and administrators of manipulating test scores, shaking the system to its core.
The state probe resulted in the early retirements, resignations or reassignments of nearly 20 educators. As many as 20 more were cleared by administrative tribunals or by the state’s Professional Standards Commission. The PSC still has to render decisions on the remainder of the case files that remain in its possession.
In early 2012, the Georgia Department of Education launched a probe into three years’ worth of the district’s Title I expenditures that led to more than $700,000 in reimbursements to the state, along with the system being placed on “high risk” status. In December 2012, Murfree stepped down with six months remaining on his contract.
Mosely named new directors of federal programs, curriculum, child nutrition and human resources and has convinced the Georgia Department of Education to ease the restrictions it had placed on the system. He also brought in or reassigned nine principals — including at three of the system’s four high schools.
In the past year, the system’s reserve fund has increased $3 million to a total of just more than $9 million. The state is expected to award the district an additional $3 million in QBE (Quality Basic Education Act) funding for the new fiscal year, which should lift the district’s reserves to nearly $12 million.
The School Board recently unanimously approved a tentative Fiscal Year 2015 school calendar which, for the first time in more than five years, includes no employee furlough days.
Mosely said then that the board’s decision to eliminate the remaining four furlough days from the tentative calendar was possible because of a combination of the system’s improving finances and better budget management.
Mosely will have to temporarily leave the TRS (Teacher Retirement System) to take the permanent superintendent’s job. A source says the length of his new contract will be for at least two years and the salary will be negotiated.