ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Education has made some changes on the Dougherty County School System's Title 1 Program.
A letter sent Superintendent Dr. David Mosely, and the deputy superintendent Avis King , says that the system and state officials have worked together to address the issues that the state had with the program.
Mosely has been working closely with Atlanta and said this is a step in the right direction.
The new change will begin in the 2015-2016 school year, and the program will no longer be on a reimbursement review and approval basis.
Mosely said in March that he thought this was a possibility.
Here is a copy of the letter.
Here is a copy of the full press release:
ATLANTA, GA. – The Georgia Department of Education has eased restrictions set forth on the Dougherty County School System's Title 1 Program after finding that the system had "made significant gains" in improving the overall department.
In a letter addressed to Superintendent Dr. David Mosely, Avis King, the deputy superintendent for the Office of School Improvement at the GaDOE, writes that the system and state officials have worked cooperatively over the last several years to address issues the state had with the system's Title 1 department and, because of corrective action taken at the system-level, is pulling the system's "High Risk" designation.
"DCSS has demonstrated commitment to ensuring that federal education program funds are used appropriately and effectively to educate children and students in the Dougherty County School System," King writes.
Mosely, whose administration has been working closely with Atlanta to improve the system's standing, said Monday that the letter was a testament to the level of cooperation and hard work DCSS staff have been doing over the past few years.
"We're heading in the right direction and this letter is proof of that," Mosely said. "We've still got some things to take care of, but our folks are working hard to improve the system and be good stewards of the people's money."
The status change means that, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Title 1, Part A, funds will no longer be on a reimbursement review and approval basis. King also acknowledged the system's hard work in addressing concerns brought by state officials.
"In November 2012, the Department entered into a compliance agreement with DCSS based on the Department placing the DCSS on High Risk status," King writes. "Since the implementation of that agreement, DCSS has made significant gains in implementing the DCSS Title I program in accordance with …requirements."
During the current fiscal year, the DCSS was allocated over $8 million in Title I funds.