DOUGHERTY COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2011 Contact: R. D. Harter, PID
RE: The Vision is Unfolding 229-431-1264
Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr., superintendent for the Dougherty County School System, announced today that after a year of study and observation, and much discussion with system leaders, a vision for the future of leadership for the district is unfolding. The vision includes the realignment of school leadership in the principal and assistant principal positions which were recommended to the board of education at a called meeting last Wednesday.
“Our vision is to build a district where feeder schools grow with superior academics that lead to reducing the number of drop outs, increasing the graduation rates and exceeding the state and national standards for student performance testing,” said Dr. Murfree. “The outcome of this vision is focused on the success of children, from pre-kindergarten through the placement after successful high school graduation. No school in our system stands on it’s own, but is supported by the feeder schools, the superintendent’s office, the support departments and leaders throughout the system.”
True leadership, said Murfree, doesn’t come from uninformed opinions in the grocery story or restaurant and through the media, but comes from very close inspection of a system’s operation, present leadership and past success.
“This system has made some incremental gains in past years, but we can do better,” he said. “With motivated leadership inspiring the students at all levels, we can achieve new and higher results.”
A second part of the plan for achieving student success (supporting leadership alignment) is an effort to communicate this vision of high expectations to students, beginning today. Dr. Murfree is speaking to student assemblies of ninth through eleventh graders at the district’s four high schools, Dougherty and Monroe will host assemblies today and Albany and Westover tomorrow (Tuesday). He will remind students how important education is for their future and pledge his support in identifying new and innovative ways to help them achieve success. He will also challenge them to focus on the central objective of school – academics.
“I have spoken throughout the community about the importance of partnerships and all segments of our community coming together to support our system,” Dr. Murfree concluded. “But, the leadership for the system has to begin with the vision for the future in the office of the superintendent. I intend to make that vision a reality for the benefit of our students and our community.”