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Who will lead DCSS?

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Dougherty County school board members will have to decide how much longer they will be able to keep interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely, and how much it will cost them, after a new law is posing some problems.

Dougherty County school board chair, Carol Tharin and other members are pleased with the progress the school system is making under the leadership of interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely. "He went to work immediately.  And some of the things that he's accomplished in just seven months have just been miraculous."

"Dr. Mosely has come into a very difficult situation, and he's done an admirable job.  I'm extremely pleased," said board member Darrel Ealum.

Mosely took charge as the troubled school system was dealing with the CRCT cheating scandal, financial restrictions from the state, low test scores and a divided school board.

"Under his leadership, how many 7-0 votes have you seen?" asked Tharin. " A lot, ok, pretty much all of them.  And I think that is because he has united the board and helped us focus on what the real job of this system is and that's to educate the children in Dougherty County."

Now board members must decide if they can keep Mosely.  A new state law says retired state educators can only work 49 percent of the time if they want to receive their retirement pay. 

"We are trying to do an appeal and request that he be allowed to work as a 49 percenter. But the chances of that happening are not good," Tharin said.

Mosely's contract is up October 1st.  He's considering coming out of retirement to temporarily work for the system, which means he will give up his teacher retirement salary of more than $155,000.  He is currently paid $175,000 for his role as interim superintendent.

"Our hope is that we can come up with a figure that the board can approve, that will keep Dr. Mosely," Tharin said. "We're looking at probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $115,000 that it would cost extra to keep him until the end of June.  And is it worth $115,000 to get this system back on track?  I think it unequivocally is worth every penny of that."

Tharin says more qualified candidates for the permanent superintendent position will be easier to find if they start their search in January, versus October, when the school year is just getting underway.

Board members Carol Tharin and Darrel Ealum agree that they will have to pay the future superintendent more than the current $175,000  a year.  Board members will be meeting at the school administration building at 6:00 Monday night to discuss Dr. Mosely's contract.


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