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DCSS begins as charter system

Students went back to school Tuesday in Dougherty County. (Source: WALB) Students went back to school Tuesday in Dougherty County. (Source: WALB)
The school system now operates as a charter system. (Source: WALB) The school system now operates as a charter system. (Source: WALB)
J.D. Sumner is the spokesman for the school system. (Source: WALB) J.D. Sumner is the spokesman for the school system. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

There are new changes to the Dougherty County school system this year.

This is the first year the schools are under a charter system.

That means parent and community stakeholders are working with principals from individual schools to make improvements.

The school system says it recognizes that every neighborhood has different needs.

"Neighborhood schools need to have involvement from that specific neighborhood," said DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner.  "They know better than anybody what that neighborhood needs to educate it's kids. So if that elementary school needs what another neighborhood might have now, then they can ask for those."

The Board of Education still makes the final decisions.

The superintendent maintains the same day to day operations, however he gives some of his authority to local school governance.

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