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BOB LANGSTAFF JR.: Superintendent Butch Mosely is worth the salary

OPINION: Butch Mosely has renewed a level of trust and respect in the community for Dougherty County public schools

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Under the supervision of Butch Mosely, the Dougherty County School System is enjoying a new level of trust and respect from the State Department of Education. That in and of itself is invaluable. However, this new level of trust and respect has begun to weave its way all through the local community as well. That is not something I ever expected to see again anytime soon.

If the dollars don’t add up to you, please take the time to educate yourself about the dollars. You can read what school superintendents around the state are making here: http://www.open.georgia.gov/. After educating yourself about the dollars being spent on quality leadership statewide, please consider the dollars that Butch Mosely’s leadership has already helped us save locally:

Since Butch Mosely came on board, the Dougherty County Board of Education has saved $8 million in Title I funding and $6 million in Race-To-The-Top allocations by putting people and management practices in place to remove the cease and desist order. A restructuring of the transportation department resulted in another $500,000 in savings. Those types of savings are allowing the Board of Education to move forward with more than $35 million in crucial construction and renovation projects to provide a suitable learning environment at Dougherty Comprehensive and Monroe Comprehensive High Schools.

As an Albany city commissioner, I recently researched the appropriate compensation for our city manager, Jim Taylor, and I discovered that he was woefully undercompensated. The City Commission has taken steps to rectify that situation, but I personally believe we still have a long way to go to adequately compensate Jim Taylor for the leadership he provides the city of Albany. To attract and retain quality leaders like Butch Mosely and Jim Taylor, this community and its elected officials are going to have to be willing to pay competitive salaries. I applaud the Dougherty County Board of Education for having the wisdom and foresight to sign Butch Mosely to a three-year contract.

BOB LANGSTAFF JR.

Albany

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Langstaff Jr. represents Ward V on the Albany City Commission.