ALBANY, GA (WALB) – 2,200 Dougherty county school employees had a lot of fun Thursday morning celebrating the start of a new school year.
There was singing, dancing and cheering at the start of the back-to-school meeting held in the HPER gym at ASU.
The different colored t-shirts on people around the auditorium represented the different schools and school personal present.
The school system didn't have the annual meeting last year because of budget restraints, but felt it was necessary this year because they are under new leadership by Superintendent, Dr. Joshua Murfree.
Dr. Murfree and other school leaders gave motivational speeches to get the teachers geared up for Monday.
"You tell them, look, you can achieve anything in life that you want to. All you have to do is believe. And once you believe things will happen differently in this county," said Dr. Joshua Murfree during his speech.
"The goal I have for my school in Dougherty county is that we all make AYP so our county can shine in the state of Georgia," said Robert Bowman, a 4th Grade teacher at Jackson Heights Elementary.
The ceremony lasted about two hours Thursday morning. Mayor Willie Adams said a few words as well, reminding teachers that education is the key to economic growth in Albany and Dougherty county.