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E-mails point to three superintendent finalists

School Board Attorney Tommy Coleman School Board Attorney Tommy Coleman

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  E-mails between Dougherty County School Board members seem to prove they did pick three superintendent finalists, even though they cut the search process short, and only released one finalist's name.

School Board Attorney Tommy Coleman released correspondence between board members concerning the hiring of a new superintendent on Wednesday.      

In one exchange, Chairman David Maschke wrote the consultant who helped with hiring process contacted Dr. Joshua Murfree and two other applicants who all agreed to have their names released as finalists.    

That contradicts board members' comments that Murfree was the only finalist.

"Mr. Sampson was in fact instructed to contact three finalists so, and my understanding is he did so," said Coleman. 

Community survey results showed 73% of respondents want the new superintendent to have experience as a principal and 84% want someone with pervious classroom experience.     Murfree has neither.    

The School Board will meet Thursday at 4:30 to discuss hiring a lawyer to fight a suit filed by media outlets accusing the board of violating the open records act.    

They'll also discuss the state-ordered investigation into possible Criterion Reference Competency Test tampering.

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