ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School Superintendent and the presidents of Albany's three colleges hope to expand their collaboration to improve education and help students succeed.
Education leaders want to hire a full-time employee to help push and promote their efforts to raise the county's graduation rate, reduce drop-out rates and produce graduates to increase economic development.
Last year, college leaders in Albany teamed up with the Dougherty County School System in a unique partnership that is producing results.
"We've got graduation rates are up, drop outs are down, discipline is down, and attendance is up," said Dr. David Mosely, Dougherty County Superintendent.
"I think this kind of proves that we're on the verge of being one of the educational communities that are at the forefront of change," said Dr. Anthony Parker, Albany Technical College President.
They're now looking to bring in some help to continue carrying out their mission.
"All of us have full time jobs and a lot of responsibility and we only have limited time that we can devote to this," said Mosely.
The leaders want to expand the program by recruiting a Board of Directors.
"We want there to be somebody that gets up and thinks about education in a holistic way for the entire community," said Parker.
"We want a program that will carry on and sustain itself and emphasize that the program is not about us. It's about doing right by youngsters," said Mosely.
The concept is to have a board of 9 members
"From across section of our community that obviously are interested in education and people that can make things happen," said Mosely.
Also, a paid director whose position would be equally funded by the institutions.
"This person would be a cheerleader for public education in Dougherty County, but someone who knows how to get things done and how to collaborate with people," said Mosely.
Leaders see the program creating a new path in educational success.
"A movement that will go beyond any of us," said Parker. "Something that the community will benefit from for decades."
Leaders are working with a consultant from the University of Georgia to develop a framework for the plan. They hope to have the plan in place by early next year.