By David Miller
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Dougherty County Board of Education has offered Joshua Murfree a three-year contract as its next superintendent.
The board offered Murfree $140,000 a year to start, with a raise to $147,000 per year when he becomes certified. The vote was unanimous, 7-0.
Murfree had asked for $175,000 a year to start, with a $5,000 bonus to be paid on July first.
His predecessor, Dr. Salley Whatley, made $150,000 a year, plus other allowances and benefits.
Murfree said he was pleased with the deal, and looks forward to 'uniting the community,' when he officially takes office, on June eighth.
"It was important to have all seven, that's what the community needs to see, and that's what my challenge is to the community is that when we stand up, we stand up as a community every entity in this community, every merchant in this community, every social media in this community, every church in this community, we all stand up together as a community."
Murfree will also receive a three thousand dollar yearly allowance for meals, refreshments and other incidentals, and five thousand dollars for recognitions and awards for students or employees of the system.
He must undergo yearly evaluations, and if he's terminated, he'll get a settlement equal to the sum of one year's salary.
Three school board members voted against hiring Murfree, saying he was far from the most qualified candidate.
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