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Lane Price talks about 'Strategic Road Map' for the Dougherty School System

Group will meet twice monthly until April 2015 to come up 10-year plan for the district

Dougherty County School Board member Robert Youngblood, left, and school board attorney Tommy Coleman chart prior to the local Board of Education work session Wednesday morning (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Dougherty County School Board member Robert Youngblood, left, and school board attorney Tommy Coleman chart prior to the local Board of Education work session Wednesday morning (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System School Board approved a recommendation for a new consistent grading policy Wednesday as board members rolled through an unusually light agenda during its monthly work session.

The grading policy applies to its elementary and secondary schools and updates and streamlines the system’s grading procedures. The board also approved purchase orders for frozen and dry goods for Child Nutrition Services and approved the purchase of a forklift and warehouse equipment.

During the board’s pre-briefing, board member Lane Price discussed a meeting held earlier this week where five members of the Georgia Department of Education and more than 20 DCSS Administrators teachers and support staff began to lay the ground work for a 10-year Strategic Road Map for the district.

“We sat down and reviewed where we are, where we want to go over the next decade, and our strengths and weaknesses,” Price said. “The meeting was amazingly well done with an interesting cross-section of people. Our goal is to identify how our system can become a superlative system.”

Price said the group plans on meeting twice monthly with the aim of coming up with a strategic plan by April of next year.

“We want to get as many people from K to administration involved as possible to help us instill fluid movement in the direction of excellence. The state is going to play a large role in this strategic plan. By April we want to be able to speak with one loud and strong voice.

The Strategic Road Map group will meet again on Sept. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Board of Education’s next meeting is set for Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the school administration building.