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Ethan Fowler

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Whatley leaves legacy of caring

Former Dougherty County School Superintendent Sally Whatley, whose last day was Wednesday, reflects on her career.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Board passes DCSS budget

The Dougherty County Board of Education approves a $114.5 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2011.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Camp Invention cultivates imagination

Elementary-age students use their imagination and creativity with recyclable items during weeklong Camp Invention.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Student leaves to help rebuild New Orleans

Makenzie Bloing, 13, will help repair a New Orleans school ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.Ethan Fowler, education writer

Chiller, heating on DCSS committee list

The Dougherty County Building & Grounds Committee makes several recommendations, including a fencing contract at three schools.Ethan Fowler, education writer

School Board may modify Whatley's request

Former superintendent's suspension recommendation for DCSS Police Officer Keith Frazier could be reduced by the majority of the School Board.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Inmate gives youth at NYSP inside look at life in jail

Dougherty Sheriff Kevin Sproul and jail inmates talk to participants in ASU's National Youth Sports Program. - Ethan Fowler, education writer

DCSS silent until official CRCT results

With the state's official 2010 results to be released Wednesday, Dougherty County school officials say they won't comment on the preliminary test scores. - Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Libraries plan to cut hours

Because of a 5 percent budget cut following a 10 percent reduction last year, the Dougherty County public libraries will reduce operating hours.Ethan Fowler, education writer

State CRCT probe continues

An Open Records request reveals preliminary results for 2010 CRCT exams for Dougherty schools.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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School budget hearings attract a group of four

Dougherty County schools employees question furlough days and the calendar at the evening hearing on the FY 2011 budget. - Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Tentative school budget presented

A presentation by the board chairman of more cost-saving ideas draws the ire of a board member.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Principals ask to block embattled substitute

The personnel file for a substitute teacher accused of making inappropriate comments to a student shows two principals want him off their sub lists. - Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Murfree's first meeting routine

Dougherty County Board of Education approves lease of multifunction copiers.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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ABAC administrator finds escape in writing

ABAC Vice President for Academic Affairs Niles Reddick recently had his second book published.Ethan Fowler

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Albany Tech entrance will provide one-stop convenience

Albany Technical College and Department of Labor officials celebrate the opening of a shared Slappey Boulevard entrance.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Murfree meets staff, but avoids talking to media

New Dougherty County School System Superintendent Joshua Murfree attends meetings and visits with staff on his first day, but chooses to not talk to media.

Board keeps 'terminated' officer

An Open Records request reveals incidents involving Dougherty County School System police officer Keith Frazier. - Ethan Fowler, education writer

Weaver withdraws from School Board race

Candidate withdraws from bid for District 2 seat in the DCSS Board of Education Democratic Primary.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

School board committee recommends copier contract

The DCSS Building & Grounds Committee recommends selecting a Lee County business for a four-year multifunction copiers contract.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Weaver withdraws from District 2 School Board race

After talking to her family, Lynda Weaver announces she will not run against Milton Griffin for the District 2 seat in the DCSS Board of Education Democratic Primary.

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Health information technology degree to fill growing need

Albany Tech officials unveil a new virtual health information technology lab as part of its new health information technology associate degree program.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Murfree signs contract

Dougherty County School System Superintendent-select reports for duty Tuesday after signing a three-year deal.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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NYSP event honors alumni

Past participants and longtime instructors receive recognition during the 35th anniversary celebration of ASU's National Youth Sports Program.Ethan Fowler, education writer

Board to skip federal grant

The Dougherty Board of Education votes 4-3 to not apply for a federal School Improvement Grant.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

School Board opts to not apply for federal grant

The Dougherty School Board votes 4-3 to not apply for the federal School Improvement Grant.

DCSS board committee gains clarity on grant

It will cost an estimated $300,000 annually to continue the federal School Improvement Grant after funding runs out in three years.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

DCSS cuts $6.2 million budget shortfall

After having a budget crunch of $6.2 million for FY 2011, Dougherty County School System officials announce they have trimmed the shortfall to $613,473.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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School officials, board express concern about grant

Dougherty County School Board grows restless regarding the various changes and stipulations the state has added to federal School Improvement Grant.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

DCSS whittles down budget shortfall to $613,000

After having an anticipated budget crunch of $6.2 million for FY 2011, Dougherty County School System officials announced they have trimmed the shortfall to $613,473.

DCSS to vote on contract

The Dougherty County Board of Education will also receive updates on its Fiscal Year 2011 budget and the federal School Improvement Grant at today's meetings.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Ealum focuses on improving educational levels

Darrel Ealum makes his third try for political office as he runs for the Dougherty County Board of Education's District 6 seat.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Murfree in permit process

The Dougherty County School System reveals steps it is going through to get Superintendent-elect Joshua Murfree a waiver permit.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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News is good for Quail Unlimited

Quail Unlimited makes changes to its national magazine and plans to announce soon the location of a new headquarters.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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DCSS budget in $6 M hole

The Dougherty County School System has to correct the budget deficit before the fiscal year ends June 30.- Ethan Fowler, metro editor

DCSS needs to address $6 million shortfall

The Dougherty County School System announces that it has a budget shortfall of $6 million that must be addressed by the end of June.

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Grebel up for top teacher

As one of 10 finalists, Lee County High teacher Coni Grebel competes tonight for the 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year Award.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

No Dougherty teachers in probe

Dougherty County Superintendent Sally Whatley says none of the educators the state is currently investigating for possible cheating are from the Dougherty school district.- Ethan Fowler, eductaion writer

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Students learn about healthy living at fair

Albany High students learn about better eating habits, fitness and healthy benefits at a student-run health fair. - Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Top teacher

In only his third year as a Dougherty County School System teacher, Stephen Davis wins Teacher of the Year honors.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Deerfield hires new leadership

Deerfield-Windsor School adds a new middle/upper school director and names its first middle school dean of students.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Murfree contract negotiations continuing

Dougherty County School Board chairman says the approval of named Superintendent Joshua Murfree's contract is "minimal" at tonight's board meeting.

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Smith pursues school board seat after frustrations

Republican candidate Donnie Smith is the third person running against Milton Griffin for the Dougherty County School Board District 2 position.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Gregors follows heart to become teacher

Sherwood Acres Elementary School teacher Tammy Gregors finds passion in teaching after doing administrative work previously.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Math students come alive under former stock trader

Lamar Reese Magnet School math teacher Stephen Davis finds his place helping children make sense out of math.Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Bentley encourages students to push themselves

Students under Westover Choral Director Selina Bentley have consistently been selected to the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus.Ethan Fowler, Education writerEDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first story of an eight-part series on the eight finalists for the Dougherty County School System's Teacher of the Year award.

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Board squabbles over request by ministers

A board briefing gets heated as debate escalates to let two ministers speak before the Dougherty County Board of Education.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Byrd eager to step into politics

Sherrell Byrd announced her intentions to run for incumbent Milton Griffin's District 2 seat for the Dougherty County School Board.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Teacher happily pays up graduation pledge

A Monroe High assistant principal pays off a $100 bet to a former student graduating with a mathematics degree Saturday at ASU.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

State delay causes school board ethics policy loophole

The Dougherty County Board of Education had been planning on adopting an ethics policy.- Ethan Fowler, education writer