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State DOE reprimands DCSS; Maschke fires back

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany school board folks are meeting this afternoon with officials from the state Board of Education.

Dougherty County board members have been reprimanded by the audit committee of the State Board of Education for misspent money and not putting a plan in place after the problems  came to light.

$8.4 million in Title I, Part A funds are on hold, along with $6 million in Race to the Top funds.  Committee members have addressed both of these issues, asking board members to step up and work with state officials in moving forward.

School board member David Maschke fired back, saying these problems were not created over night-- and they would not be solved over night.  Maschke went on to say that he was happy to be at today's meeting to have this dialogue. 

School board member, Velvet Riggins also commented, saying they are looking to "change the culture of our system."

Many of the school board members expressed concerns that they weren't receiving all of the information about their problems. 

Chairman James Bush, David Maschke, Darrel Ealum, Velvet Riggins, Carol Tharin and newly elected Lane Price and Robert Youngblood are at the meeting. 

School board attorney Tommy Coleman and CFO Ken Dyer are also attending.  Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree was not given an invitation, but he's also in attendance.

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