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Dougherty County School Board receives 23 applications in its superintendent search

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said he would accept the position if the School Board deemed him the most qualified person for the job.

The Dougherty County School Board has 23 applicants for appointment as the district’s permanent superintendent. Seventeen of the applications are from Georgia and one applicant is from Canada. The School Board will likely conduct interviews in February and March and is expected to hire a full-time superintendent by June 30. (Staff Photo: Terry lewis)

The Dougherty County School Board has 23 applicants for appointment as the district’s permanent superintendent. Seventeen of the applications are from Georgia and one applicant is from Canada. The School Board will likely conduct interviews in February and March and is expected to hire a full-time superintendent by June 30. (Staff Photo: Terry lewis)

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System’s search for a permanent superintendent rolled its next phase Tuesday after School Board members received a list of 23 applicant profiles from Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) consultant Bill Sampson.

The GSBA is heading the search for the district.

The Albany Herald has obtained a copy of the document, which lists 23 applicants from five different states (including Georgia) and a lone applicant from Canada.

The list includes 16 people with Ed.D degrees, two with Ph.D degrees and five with Ed.S degrees.

All 23 applicants are currently employed and include three current school superintendents, two former superintendents, two regional superintendents, a deputy superintendent, deputy state superintendent, a chief of schools, a director of learning and leadership, a director of elementary education/special programs, an interim executive director, a chief executive officer, an assistant professor, five principals, a former principal, an executive director of curriculum and instruction and a director of education.

Seventeen of the applicants are from Georgia, two are from Indiana and one is from each of three states — Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Arkansas — and Canada.

The DCSS has been without a permanent superintendent since January 2013 when Joshua Murfree departed after nearly three years on the job. He was replaced by Interim Superintendent Butch Mosley, who has helped right a system that was plagued by a CRCT cheating scandal, sagging revenues and questionable federal programs expenditures.

Those expenditures, especially in the area of Title I Part A funding, caught the attention of Georgia Department of education, which, after a probe of two years of expenditures, placed the system on “High Risk” status.

Mosely, who is also a member of the Decatur County Commission, has expressed interest in assuming the DCSS job full-time, but said he would not file a formal application for permanent superintendent.

Instead, Mosely has opted to wait until the Dougherty School Board looks at and interviews the pool of applicants. After that process is complete, if the board decides he is the most qualified person and offers him the job, Mosely said, he would accept it.

The board is expected to interview applicants over the next two months and make a decision on a permanent school chief by June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

In other DCSS news, Wednesday’s board meeting, postponed because of severe winter conditions, has been rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5.