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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Albany High School principal who was removed from the position after being named in the CRCT cheating report is getting her job back.
After interviewing several candidates, the Dougherty County School Board voted Monday to put Angela Shumate back in that role. Earlier this month the Georgia Department of Education sent a letter to the Dougherty County School superintendent, instructing the school system to hire a principal at Albany High, if they wanted to continue receiving grant money.
That decision was made Monday, but not everyone agreed with the outcome.
"Dr. Angela Shumate is placed as principal of Albany High School."
The Dougherty County school board voted to put Angela Shumate back on the job she was removed from nine months ago, when she was named in the CRCT cheating report.
"All in favor, raise your hand," said School Board Chairman Rev. James Bush.
But board members Darrell Ealum and Carol Tharin disagreed. Ealum says he felt someone else was better suited for the job.
"I feel as though there are several events that have taken place over the period of time that I've been on the board that does not make me feel comfortable with Dr. Shumate being the principal at Albany High School. And I just don't feel like she's a good fit," said Ealum.
A randomly selected panel, including a representative from the Georgia Department of Education interviewed nine people and narrowed it down to three candidates: Kono Smith, Scott Horton, and Angela Shumate.
"The recommendation is based upon the person who did the best in the interview, based upon the experience and so forth and so on. And based on the experiences that she has already brought to the table. I made the recommendation to return Dr. Angela Shumate to her position at Albany High School," said Dr. Joshua Murfree, DCSS Superintendent.
In August, a tribunal panel cleared Shumate from the CRCT cheating scandal and voted to reinstate her contract.
"I think that she has withstood that test. And ultimately, with the involvement of Dr. Cable, who represented the Georgia Department of Education, she came out on top of nine people," Bush said.
"There was no evidence to convict her of anything. And it's only fair to treat people fairly, bottom line," said Murfree.
Earlier this month, the state gave the school system a deadline to find a permanent principal at Albany High in order to unfreeze the School Improvement Grant- which is $1.8 million.
And school officials say this is a big step in moving the system forward.
"We followed through, we did that, this should help us get the SIG released. This information will be going out soon to the state letting them know we followed that process," said Murfree.
The school system was also required to submit a corrective action plan to receive the entire grant.
The superintendent will meet with the Albany High School leadership team this week to give direction for the transition.
Scott Horton, who served as interim principal for the past nine months, will go back to being an assistant principal along with Kono Smith.