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August 2, 2007

Albany --  Twenty-eight-hundred Dougherty County School employees filled the Albany Civic Center Thursday morning to get fired up about the upcoming school year.

Teachers and staff dressed in school colors and cheered as their administrators were announced during the annual back to school gathering.  Dougherty County expects to have 16,700-students in 27 schools next week.

Fourteen-hundred teachers were challenged to help each of those students get the best education possible.

Teacher of the Year Sherri Stone, a kindergarten teacher at Alice Coachman Elementary,says this pep rally for teachers helps. "It's very exciting.  We're looking for a great year.  A school of new energy and new things for them to learn." 

Superintindent Dr. Sally Whatley said "Our students return next Tuesday.  We want to celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to a great year.  And get everyone motivated."     

Superintendent Whatley told the teachers that Dougherty County Schools improved their graduation rate from 50 percent in 2001 to 62 percent last year.     

The dropout rate fell from seven and a half percent in 2001 to 4 percent last year.       Classes begin Tuesday.


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