The Dougherty County Board of Education has gotten heat from this paper for quite some time. Frankly, they deserved it. However, we now know that they’ve finally made a move that should have all of Albany rejoicing as they have ended the horrid experiment that is Dr. Joshua Murfree.
Earlier today, the school board voted 4 to 3 to release Murfree from his contract.
During his tenure, the school system has been described myself as a “train wreck”. I stand by that description. There have been reports of micromanaging from within the system by staff. There was Murfree’s attempt to have testimony to CRCT investigators routed through his office. That’s fine though, because he also wanted the school police to get his permission prior to arresting students accused of breaking the law.
Murfree has also been the mastermind behind brilliant suggestions as a half day of school announced just a couple of days before it was supposed to happen, leaving thousands of parents trying to figure out how to juggle their schedules and then, just as suddenly, changing his mind. He also had the brilliant notion to take all Dougherty County school students to Atlanta…in a single day.
His hiring was controversial, and nothing in his performance has made me feel the least bit bad about my earlier opposition to his hiring. Some in the community have called him nothing but #34, mocking a ranking he had of candidates for the DCSS superintendent slot.
Now, he’s gone. It’s about time. Frankly, I didn’t expect it to happen prior to January, but I’ll take it.
Now, we have a grand opportunity to hire someone who is actually worth a damn. We can get a new superintendent that will clean up our system. We can, maybe, start to rid the system of the bad teachers and replace them with ones who will do the job properly.
Murfree will now be out of work (effective next month). Luckily, he’s got a background in clinical psychology, so at least he has something to fall back on. Now, there is a chance that the children of Dougherty County will have an opportunity to have something to fall back on: a decent education.
With that, the hope for Albany’s future looks brighter than it has in a long, long time.