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School Board attorney Tommy Coleman School Board attorney Tommy Coleman
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As they move forward in the search for a replacement for Dr. Joshua Murfree, the DCSS Board will speak with the Georgia School Board Association to receive a recommendation on an interim school superintendent.

Board Members will then make a decision about their choice. However the main topic of discussion at their meeting this morning was repaying Title One Funds.

DCSS just recently paid the state over $120,000 in misused Title One funds for the 2012 school year. Today board members approved, repaying the state up to $167,025.22 of misused Title One Funds, for the 2011school year.

The state Department of Education gave Dougherty County Schools a deadline of November 30, 2012 to either reclassify or repay the money. According to the state DOE, the money was not spent according to Title I guidelines.

"I believe, of course we'll have two new board members and there will be a new environment on the board. They will have to select a new superintendent. All those things coming together should chart a new course for the school system," said school board attorney Tommy Coleman.

DCSS finance staff will review the list of expenditures in question and give explanations for any they believe should be allowed.

Murfree and the board agreed last week to terminate his existing contract and enter a new agreement that will end his employment December 18th; However, he'll continue to be paid through June 7th, when his original contract would have expired.

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