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Dougherty Co. School Board openly opposes OSD

The Dougherty County School Board has gone on record to oppose the Opportunity School District amendment. (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County School Board has gone on record to oppose the Opportunity School District amendment. (Source: WALB)
It would give the state authority to take control of chronically failing schools. (Source: WALB) It would give the state authority to take control of chronically failing schools. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County School Board member Melissa Strother (Source: WALB) Dougherty County School Board member Melissa Strother (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County School Board went on record Wednesday, opposing the Opportunity School District constitutional amendment.

Voters will decide on the controversial amendment in November.

It would give the state authority to take control of chronically failing schools.

They would be overseen by a superintendent and administration team appointed by state officials.

Dougherty County School Board members said that local control is important when it comes to education.

"They can still come to us with their problems but it wouldn't be heard really. We would have no voice. We would not be able to be their voice anymore. So it really takes away not only the local school board's control, but really the voice of the local community," said Dougherty County School Board member Melissa Strother.

Strother said that the board appreciates the governors concern and help in the past, but she doesn't feel this is a good solution. 

The Dougherty County School system has several schools that would be on the Opportunity School District list. 

Board members said they are constantly working to improve those schools. 

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