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DCSS tightens hiring procedures

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The Dougherty County School System is working on a better hiring policy after a teacher who faked his college transcripts was fired.

The personnel committee met with the superintendent Monday to work on a proposal that will be brought before the entire board.

They reiterated that they want to see a more consistent number of people per panel during the interviews of potential new hires. They say it should be at least seven.

They'd also like to see the panel be comprised of more managers from within the school system but from outside the school that's hiring.

"When you pull other people in, they don't know the individual and so they're listening to the applicant and giving that applicant every opportunity to express and to talk about their experiences and the outside persons can really give a very objective view," said DCSS Board Member Dr. Anita Williams-Brown.

Former Albany High Teacher Abraham Wesley was fired earlier this year after sending a student sexually explicit text messages and then showing up at a hotel to meet her.

After he was fired,  it was revealed that he faked his college transcripts in order to get the job.

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