Editor’s note: This is Dougherty County Superintendent of Schools Joshua Murfree’s mid-year report to the community.
It has been extremely enlightening to witness and explore the many facets of this Dougherty County School System as I’ve completed my first semester as superintendent of schools. I have found it encouraging that our faculty and staff continue to give their best effort to teaching and providing for the needs of our young people in spite of the daily challenges we face as educators.
There is much to be celebrated in seeing a child succeed in academics, in athletics, in social and cultural interests, and in personal growth. In the fall we watched a number of students recognized in Board of Education meetings for their performance in band competitions, technology contests, district choral honors and the naming of Governor’s Honors Program finalists. These notable recognitions point to the success of the students in persistently achieving their own goals, and it also points to the success of our teachers and curriculum staff in delivering the education and training that leads to state and national awards.
A successful education system is the foundation for a better future in a community. We are all working to make the Dougherty County School System a very effective system for the benefit of our children, youth and community. We are exploring ways to achieve new levels of success and I have worked to establish new goals for our system and with our board of education. With a common understanding of our goals, I will continue to seek the assistance of students, parents, business and community partners in helping us attain the results that will benefit us all.
There are many resources that are yet to be obtained and needed to help us reach our goals. We are considering things like career academies, dropout prevention and a variety of other options to improve at the system level.
We are always appreciative of the support of our community stakeholders of important calendar events and initiatives that take place during the school year. We invite your participation and input in our future success.