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Albany Downtown Sertoma Club Supports Education

By   /  October 4, 2013  /  Community  /   Comments

Tweet by Jawahn Ware, ADS President The Albany Downtown Sertoma Club (ADS) will be presenting a check to the Dougherty County School System Friday, at 1:30 p.m, October 4, at Dougherty County Middle School. The donation will be used by 10th grade teacher Christen Taylor to help further the educational needs of over 200 Dougherty [...]

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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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Albany Early College at ASU

By   /  March 13, 2013  /  Education  /   Comments

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Tweet Written by Pearly Bowser Albany, Ga – The future location of a program that encourages middle school students to graduate from high school and helps them prepare for college is under review. Right now, Albany Early College is operated by the Dougherty County School system, but is housed in Andrews Hall on Albany State [...]

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Would metal detectors prevent tragedy?

By   /  February 13, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet Dougherty County’s interim school superintendent, Dr. David Mosley, has ordered increased use of metal detectors in the Dougherty County School System’s elementary schools.  He says that, should a tragedy similar to Sandy Hook occur here, he wants to make sure that everything has been done to prevent it. Dr. Mosley, my question is, would [...]

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SCHOOL SAFETY

By   /  February 12, 2013  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet The December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut brought renewed attention to school security. While no security plan can guarantee absolute protection at all times, we have confidence in the safety of Dougherty County Schools.

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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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Eastside residents need to quit making it personal

By   /  February 5, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Last night, there was the first of two hearings about proposed school closings.  Unsurprisingly, there was some vocal opposition.  There were calls for more “balance” in the plan, since more than one of the three schools being talked about are located in East Albany.  There was even someone complaining about how that part of [...]

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What’s to be done about unemployment rate?

By   /  January 24, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet Earlier today, we reported here that Albany’s unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent for December of this year.  That was up from 9.2 percent in November, though it was down from the 9.8 percent it was in December of 2011.  The question is, what is to be done about it? First, let’s note that [...]

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School board will send Dougherty down the drain

By   /  October 26, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet  Leave it to the Dougherty County Board of Education. Their decision to essentially not fire anyone involved in the CRCT scandal as far as I can tell only illustrates the point that they don’t give a damn about Albany or Dougherty County.

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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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