The Dougherty County school Superintendent says he's trying to make sure the best teachers are in the classrooms.
Dr. David Mosely says over the past month the system has had tribunal hearings for three teachers who appealed after their contracts were not renewed. The tribunals sided with the school system in each case.
"There are two reasons for having them. One, to give the employee a fair chance to be heard and secondly, to present our case and the fact that we don't think that they meet our standards and need to be removed," explained Mosely.
Mosely says this year they gave out a high number of non-renewals. "It's higher than it's ever been in Dougherty County for a long time. But it has needed to be done for a long time, some of the things that we've had to do. This is not fun for anybody. But our obligation is the children and to meet their needs and you can meet children's needs with good people in the classrooms, or good administrators in the schools, or good employees throughout the organization and that's what we're looking for."
Four more tribunals will be held. "These are not fun. But our obligation is to put the best people we can to work with children and that will be our mantra from here on out."
Mosely says a number of the teachers that received non-renewals chose not to go through the appeal process.