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DCSS Notebook- Oct. 6, 2013

Good news from around the Dougherty County School System

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Monroe band director charged with battery of students

Dougherty County School System officials have confirmed that two arrest warrants were issued Monday morning for Monroe High band director and Morningside Elementary music teacher Jamar Smith.

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DCSS Notebook - Sept. 15, 2013

Good news from the Dougherty County School System

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Charter School Commission hears DCSS officials and charter school proponents

Officials from a proposed new charter school and the Dougherty County School System met with the State Charter School Commission (SCSC) member Tony Lowden late Monday afternoon

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DCSS Awards $16 million contract for Dougherty High renovation

CGM Construction Group of Colquitt wins contract after submitted low bid

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DCSS to offer free meals to all students this school year

School officials say new program will eliminate administrative costs of distributing and reviewing lunch applications.

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BOE calls special meeting to discuss Mosely contract

The Dougherty County School System's interim superintendent will have to come out of retirement to retain the job.

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DCSS 2013 CRCT scores show improvement over last year

Eighth grade math scores take the biggest jump with 20 percent uptick over 2012

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DCSS scores improve; lag behind state averages

End-Of-Course-Tests for 2013 result in higher scores in six of seven testing categories for Dougherty County.

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Plan to move Albany Early College to Albany High hits snag

The school board approves several curriculum and disciplinary changes.

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DCSS chief explains cut in staff days

The seven-day reduction is expected to save the Dougherty School System more than $336,000 per year.

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DCSS police assessment winding down

Investigators interviewed sheriff, Albany police officials on Friday.

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Former GBI agents, retired cop looking into DCSSPD operations

Superintendent Butch Mosely asked the former law officers to look into the school system police department's effectiveness.

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Vendor files suit in federal court against DCSS

Global Partnership Schools Inc. is seeking damages from the district after alleging breach of contract.

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Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000, official says.

Payment was ordered by former school Supt. Joshua Murfree, financial director says.

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While DCSS struggles to right ship, many in region pulling for it

As the economic hub of Southwest Georgia, a stable school system will help Albany and the entire region.

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Committee approves moving Dougherty High students to vacant middle school

Students would remain at Dougherty Middle until Phase II renovations are complete at Dougherty High.

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Tharin: Vote on principal changes sends message

The Dougherty School System makes 12 principal changes, with seven openings left to fill.

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Dougherty School Board OKs principal changes for 2013-14

A dozen Dougherty County public schools will have new principals when the doors open in August.

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DCSS Briefs: Westover Students Take First Place at CTI Conference

Here's some good news from the Dougherty County School System.

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DCSS suspends another teacher without pay

Albany Early College teacher Robert Copeland is sent home after “violating ethical and professional standards.”

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DCSS Board holds marathon executive session

With a deadline looming for contract renewals, Dougherty County school officials discuss upcoming personnel changes.

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DCSS suspends Monroe administrator

Monroe Assistant Principal Willie Presley is suspended five days and reassigned for violations of testing policy protocols.

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DCSS sets meetings for parents of students affected by school closures

The local school system will hold nine meetings between April 22 and May 9 to answer questions about attendance zone changes.

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DCSS Finance Committee moves two items to the full board

Panel also casts eye toward FY2013-14 budget with update from district finance chief.

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DCSS Transportation committee hears restructuring proposal

DCSSPD Chief Troy Conley is seeking six new police vehicles to replace his department's aging fleet.

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DCSS finance panel gets Title I update

The committee also decides to meet twice monthly as the district begins putting together its FY 2014 budget.

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DWS, SCA pleased with passage of HB 283

The bill increases the annual scholarship donation cap by nearly $7 million, which aid the state's private schools.

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DCSS's Mosely sees a light at the end of the tunnel for troubled system

The Dougherty school district still faces multiple challenges from both within and without the system.

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School Board approves tribunals and E-rate payment plan to WG&L

Mosely warns BOE to brace for a flurry of CRCT, Free and Reduced Meals, and non-renewal disciplinary appeal hearings.

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BOE to decide on school closures, tribunal options

A packed agenda could result in a long day for the Dougherty County School Board.

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PSC withdraws prinicipal's suspension pending hearing

The state had suspended a Monroe High School principal for 90 days in relation to the 2009 CRCT cheating scandal.

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PSC Suspends Monroe Principal Valerie Thomas for 90 Days in CRCT fallout

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has suspended Monroe Principal Valerie Thomas for 90 days without pay.

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State asks DCSS for return of more than $406,000 in 'non-Title I allowable' salaries

Latest DOE reimbursement request pushes total to more than $700,000 in the past seven months.

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Dougherty students moved because of power outage

Dougherty County School System officials said power was restored midday Thursday to the Sylvandale Pre-K Center after an Wednesday night car crash nearby knocked out electricity to the facility.

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DCSS Finance Committee hears Title I report

A school system committee also approves moving more than $500,000 in contracts to the full board.

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School bus DVR replacements requested

The DCSS transportation chief says security cameras on one-third of the system’s school buses are inoperable.

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State releasing $3.1M to DCSS

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely calls the state’s release of funds “good news for our district.”

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Three DCSS high schools recognized by state

Albany, Monroe and Westover are named as Advanced Placement Honors Schools.

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Assistant principal's certifcation pulled

Joey James will have a Dougherty School Board hearing on Wednesday to determine his future with the system.

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Fight prompts lockdown at Albany High

Dougherty County School System police asked for police assistance in breaking up a large fight among students which prompted school officials to put Albany High on a brief lockdown.

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Bush steps down as BOE chairman

Dougherty County Board of Education Chair James Bush has relinquished his seat as the head of the board, but will stay on as a voting member for the remainder of his term.

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School board to pick interim superintendent Wednesday

The Dougherty County School Board will meet tomorrow to hire an interim superintendent, officials say.

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2012: A Year in Review

This is a look back at the metro Albany stories that defined 2012.

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DCSS board members to be sworn in today

Three Dougherty County School Board members, including the two newest faces on the board, will take their oaths of office today at the Dougherty County Courthouse.

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Board interviews three interim superintendent candidates

The School Board must now wait 14 days before voting on the former superintendent’s temporary replacement.

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DCSS School Board plans special meeting

Six of 19 recommended individuals say they are interested in being named interim superintendent.

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State wants federal intervention in school funds

Officials with the state Department of Education tell the Dougherty County School System to get used to being audited.

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DCSS meets about superintendent

The Dougherty County School Board is looking for an interim to replace its outgoing superintendent.

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Dougherty BOE goes into closed session to discuss 'personnel matters'

The Dougherty County Board of Education went into a closed-door session Tuesday morning to discuss personnel matters, weighing what some believe are possible names of interim superintendent candidates.

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DCSS board to meet Monday to discuss interim superintendent

The Dougherty County School Board will meet Monday morning to discuss possible temporary replacements to step in for Superintendent Joshua Murfree once he leaves Dec. 18.

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Georgia DOE places DCSS on high-risk status

State officials cite unsatisfactory performance, lax management standards and lack of timely responses for information.

State officials cite unsatisfactory performance, lax management standards and lack of timely responses for information.

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Turner teacher suspended in student slapping incident

A Dougherty School Board panel suspends kindergarten teacher Tracy Drayton for 30 days without pay.

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