DCSS Board members James Bush, left, Milton “June Bug” Griffin and Darrell Ealum are shown prior to Monday’s decision to name DCSS Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely and Colquitt County School Superintendent Samuel DePaul as finalists in the board’s search for a permanent school chief. (Herald Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board voted 7-0 Monday morning during a called meeting to name Butch Mosely and Samuel DePaul as finalists for the position of the district’s permanent superintendent.
Mosely has been the DCSS’s interim superintendent since January 2013, while DePaul is the current superintendent of the Colquitt County School System. The Dougherty School System has been without a permanent chief since former superintendent Joshua Murfree stepped down in December 2012.
“The unanimous vote is important in that it indicates the board is all on the same page in finding the best possible superintendent for Dougherty County,” board Chair Carol Tharin said. “The 7-0 vote is an indicator of the entire School Board working together.”
The decision on who will be the system’s new permanent superintendent will now enter a 14-day waiting period before a vote can be taken. Tharin said that she would “probably” call another special session in two weeks for the board to make its decision.
The school district received 24 applications for the permanent superintendent position, but DePaul was the only candidate interviewed.
“There was a strong sense among the board that we should continue with the process and name two finalists,” board member Darrel Ealum said. “The 7-0 vote was my goal from the very beginning of this process and I think it is important that the board act in unison in selecting our superintendent.
“I believe the person we select will be in a much stronger position if he knows he has 100 percent of the board behaind him.”
According to thesnaponline.com, DePaul, a native of Rochester, Pa., arrived in Colquitt County after serving eight years as superintendent of the Stanly County School System in Albemare, N.C. Before that, he was superintendent for three years at the Penn Hills School District in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ambridge Area School District in Ambridge, Pa., and the Rochester Area School District in Rochester, Pa.
Since the DCSS search process began, Mosely was not shy about his desire to become the permanent superintendent. He did not file a formal application for the position, but has said he would take the job if the board offered it.
DePaul, who has been the Colquitt County superintendent since July 2012 was not in Moultrie Monday and has not returned calls seeking comment.
Mosely has served in the interim capacity in three Georgia school systems. He retired as superintendent of the Glynn County School System in 1999 after completing 34 years of full-time service in public education, and was honored as the Georgia Association of Educators Leadership State Superintendent of the Year in 1999.
Before being named to his first superintendent post for Decatur County Schools in 1985, Mosely served as a classroom teacher, varsity basketball coach, assistant principal, and principal.
“I am excited about the opportunity (to be named a finalist) and hope it all works out,” Mosely said Monday. “I would like for my staff to recoup some of the hard work we’ve put in. We’d like to be part of the success as well as damage control.”