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School board members discuss students' grades and books

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some Dougherty County School Board members worry some teachers are passing students who should not be promoted.

They're concerned students with excessive absences are passed even if they don't make up all their work.

They say some teachers give poor performing students a 60 for a failing grade even if the actual grade should be much lower.

The Superintendent says he'll make it clear to teachers if they're doing that.  They're not following policy.

"We don't do that," said Superintendent Joshua Murfree. "We do make-up options like the Saturday academy."

Murfree says if students can't complete their school work during Saturday school before the year is over... they will not pass.

School board members also want regular book inventory checks to make sure they're not buying more books than necessary.

They say those checks will make sure some teachers aren't hoarding books while other classes are short. In the long run, It should save the system money.

In the past, teachers didn't have enough so they would keep them," said Vice Chairman, Dr. Anita Williams-Brown. "At the end of the year, if you don't have a person doing inventory, you will not get the books."

To cut down on book costs, the school system also hopes to start making text book downloads available on iPads and iPods by next year.