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DCSS evaluates structure


Georgia has a new accountability system for public schools.  And Dougherty County school board members are taking a close look at their goals before they decide which option suits the system.

Dougherty County schools board members spent the beginning of their board retreat discussing problems they want fixed.

"Now we're on the road to addressing some other issues, such as technology in our schools, qualified teachers and administrators. Reading is a huge problem," said Carol Tharin, the school board chairperson.

They've spent the last year under the leadership of interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely,  having to overcome tremendous problems, including misspent federal funds and the CRCT cheating scandal.

"We've come a long way in resolving those issues. And so there are a lot of things we couldn't accomplish until we addressed those," said Tharin.

Now board members must decide on a new organizational structure- either becoming an Investing in Education Excellence School System, Charter System or a Status Quo School System.

"One good thing about it is that our staff is already ready, starting to work to decide which would be the best option for the students and the teachers and the staff of Dougherty County," said school board member, Velvet Riggins.

The state is requiring Dougherty County schools, along with every other system in the state to choose how it will operate by June 30th of next year.

Dr. Howard Hendley, the Director of Policy for the Georgia Department of Education explained how each option works.

"It's really related to what we've been talking to and that's why we've been talking about goals and goal setting and obstacles.  Because once they look at the flexibility, they can see which one of those flexibility options best fits their journey to achieve those goals," said Hendley.

The goal is to improve student performance, increase accountability and give school systems flexibility. 


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