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School Board Raises

By   /  January 22, 2014  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet Dougherty County School Board members apparently won’t get the big raise they wanted. Last summer, the board voted 4 to 3 to increase their pay from $250 a month to $1000 a month. But they can’t get that raise unless the General Assembly approves it.

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Fire the Teacher

By   /  November 8, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Uncategorized  /   Comments

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Tweet Yet another disturbing vote by a four member panel of the Dougherty County School board last week. Rather than fire a teacher who yanked a kindergartener across a gym then slapped her in the face…the panel voted to suspend her and reassign her to another school.   Why?  

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School Board has apparently lost their mind

By   /  October 31, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet  Just when I think the brain trust we call a school board can’t do anything dumber, they seem to feel like they just have to prove me wrong. The latest is the suspension of Turner Elementary teacher Tracey Drayton. Drayton’s offense? Slapping a child. Maybe it’s just me, but this is the kind of [...]

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Response to the ‘Definition of Concepts’ and claims of racism

By   /  August 27, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /  Comments Off

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Tweet The Dougherty County Elections Board has spoken.  They found that Rev. Lorenzo Heard didn’t meet any of the requirements to be on the ballot.  No matter how Heard and his supporters try to slice it, it wasn’t a case of racism.

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Heard’s supporters claim racism, but was it?

By   /  August 24, 2012  /  Politics  /  Comments Off

The Dougherty County Board of Elections met Friday to determine the fate of Rev. Lorenzo Heard and his candidate for the Dougherty County Board of Education At-Large seat race.  A paper was circulated by Heard supporters alleging racism as a motivation for rejecting Heard's notice of candidacy.

Tweet Written by Tom Knighton Supporters of Lorenzo Heard circulated a paper prior to Friday’s election board meeting.  It was titled “Definition of Concepts” and at first blush appeared to be something to help clarify the proceedings for the audience.  Instead, it was a document which made what some may consider as rather wild accusations.  [...]

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Heard Denied

By   /  August 24, 2012  /  Government, Politics  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Staff Reports Lorenzo Heard’s journey to challenge Lane Price in November for the At-Large school board seat just got even longer.  Infinitely longer, as a matter of fact, after the Dougherty County Board of Elections rejected his candidacy earlier today.

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School Board, T-SPLOST highlight interesting election night

By   /  August 1, 2012  /  Government  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Written by Tom Knighton   People who follow politics in southwest Georgia – particularly in Albany – can become a little jaded. However, Tuesday night’s results have some long time observers scratching their heads as the results ran against conventional wisdom. Some have long argued that Albany is a “black” town, and a white [...]

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Claire Hillard Rehired?

By   /  April 7, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   The decision to return Claire Fox Hilliard as Music Director for the Albany Symphony Orchestra sends a terrible message to community, especially our black community and to our youth. The Albany Symphony board has said to African Americans, we have no respect or sensitivity for you, and to our young people, they have [...]

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School board acts cowardly

By   /  March 24, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet We are consistently bewildered by decisions made by the Dougherty County School Board, and their latest again has us shaking our heads. Why in the world would school board members allow a teacher to resign after his arrest for offering students money for sex? True that he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty, but if board [...]

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