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Close ‘em down

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The school board is about to decide the fate of several area schools.  People who’s children attend these schools are fired up and trying to save these schools.  Unfortunately, this isn’t about convenience, it’s about economics.  If they want to save these schools, how about coming up with the money to run them?

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Library bid shows there’s nothing wrong with admitting a mistake

By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Dougherty County Library System’s first attempt at getting bids was apparently screwed up.  In Albany and Dougherty County, that’s not all that unusual.  What is unusual is that the library system admitted things were screwed up and rebid the contract.  The result, a potential savings of $300,000.

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Why limit charter schools to MCLB?

By   /  February 12, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Dougherty County Board of Education is entertaining the notion of forming a charter school for Marines and base employees at MCLB Albany.  This comes amidst discussions of school closings that stirred the souls of many in the community.  To be honest, I expect BOE member Robert Youngblood’s suggestion to further anger those who [...]

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Don’t touch what I want/love/need

By   /  February 8, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet People in general, and Albanians in particular, are guilty of a line of thinking where they will say that something needs to be done, but not if it impacts something they like.  For example, look around and see all the different people who say that the federal budget needs to be cut.  There are [...]

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New DCCS Superintendent

By   /  December 27, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

Tweet It is such a shame, we must continue to publically discuss the poor decisions made by the Dougherty County School System. Even when the board voted on the mutually agreed to termination of outgoing Superintendent Joshua Murfree, 3 of the 4 block votes, that have made so many bad choices could still not move [...]

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New Superintendent Search

By   /  December 4, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

Tweet Dr. Joshua Murfree’s troubled tenure as Dougherty County’s School Superintendent is finally coming to an end. Dr. Murfree and the school board worked together to work out an exit plan for him without any kind of drawn out, public battle that could have further disrupted the school system’s operations.

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Next superintendent needs experience in fixing problems

By   /  November 15, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet When Joshua Murfree was hired, the school board sought to hide the other finalists from our eyes.  They didn’t want us to know that both finalists had experience turning around school systems, which happened to be exactly what we needed in this community.  Now, there is a chance to remedy that mistake.

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Heard to not pursue legal action

By   /  October 16, 2012  /  Politics  /   Comments

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Tweet Staff Reports Rev. Lorenzo Heard has  asked his attorneys to withdraw his lawsuit to be listed on the ballot as an independent candidate for the at-large seat on the Dougherty County Board of Education.  Instead, he seems intent to remain as a write-in candidate for that seat. He will be running against Dr. Lane [...]

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DCSS meets on Murfree’s fate

By   /  October 11, 2012  /  Education  /   Comments

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Tweet Staff Reports The Dougherty County Board of Education met behind closed doors to discuss the future of school superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree yesterday.  The move, described by officials as “not an unusual event”, it comes after a rocky road since Murfree’s controversial hiring back in 2010.

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Heard now a write-in candidate: What does it mean for November?

By   /  September 11, 2012  /  Politics  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Staff Reports Rev. Lorenzo Heard has officially qualified as a write-in candidate for the at-large seat on the Dougherty County Board of Education.  However, many in the community are scratching their heads as to what that means come November. First, it may mean nothing.

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