Superintendent Butch Mosely and the Dougherty School Board have agreed to a three-year, $225,000 per year contract. (File photo)
ALBANY — The Dougherty County Board of Education agreed Wednesday to a three-year, $225,000 per year contract with Superintendent Butch Mosely. The School Board approved Mosely’s new pact in a 5-2 vote with members James Bush and Velvet Riggins voting against the contract.
The motion to approve the new contract was made by board member Milton “June Bug” Griffin and seconded by Lane Price. The new contract will take effect July 21 and run through June 30, 2017.
Mosely became the DCSS’s interim superintendent in January 2013 when he replaced former superintendent Joshua Murfree who stepped down after three years on the job. Mosely served as interim until last month when the board offered him the position full time.
“This is something I wanted to get taken care of for a long a long time,” Mosely said, referring to his new contract. “I wish the vote had been unanimous, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I am not disillusioned by the two negative votes, which I think is important to note, were made because of money and not performance.
“I have been encouraged at what I see happening here. This job is a mission for me and my staff.”
Board Member Darrel Ealum was pleased with the board’s decision.
“I asked him (Mosely) to apply for the job,” Ealum said. “I did my research and $225,000 per year is in line with systems of similar size throughout the state. It is a fair salary and that is where we are today. As a board we were going to have to pay for quality no matter who was our superintendent. I am proud that the board decided to follow my recommendation.”
While praising Mosely for improvements made over the past 18 months, Bush balked at the price tag.
“Let me be clear that I support Butch Mosely,” Bush said. “I do, however, have an issue with $225,000 a year and that is why I voted ‘no.’ Nothing against Dr. Mosely, who I think is doing a fine job, but I feel that is too much money for that position.”
In other board action, the board members replaced two retiring middle school principals.
Former Monroe High School Assistant Principal Fredrick Polite is replacing Johnny Scott as the the new principal at Southside Middle School, while former Atkinson County High School Principal Al Pollard will assume Scott Horton’s position as principal at Merry Acres Middle School.
The DCSS board’s next meeting is scheduled for June 9 at 6:30 p.m.