Breaking news out of Albany: Dougherty County school chief is out

Since taking over Dougherty County schools in June of 2010, Superintendent Joshua Murfree has had some major challenges and embarrassments, including a CRCT cheating scandal that he inherited and was reluctant to believe, school administrators lying to qualify for free lunches and a motivational speaker collecting $18,000 for three appearances.

So, it is not a shock that Murfree and the district parted ways today.

From the Albany Herald:

The Dougherty County School Board has just adopted an agreement to release Superintendent Joshua Murfree from his contract.

The vote was a 4-3 split, with Chairman James Bush and members David Maschke, Darrell Ealum and Carol Tharin voting in favor of releasing Murfree, and members Anita Williams-Brown, Velvet Riggins, and Milton “June Bug” Griffin, voting against. Murfree’s last day is December 18, according to the agreement between Murfree and the board.

“I would refer it to the board members, that’s all I have to say,” Murfree said following the vote.

Board members discussed the terms of the agreement in a closed-door executive session before re-opening the meeting and taking a public vote.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

18 comments Add your comment

Beverly Fraud

November 14th, 2012
3:36 pm

And we see the dysfunction in the public schools isn’t limited to The Four Horsemen of the Incompetence

SGA Teacher

November 14th, 2012
3:42 pm

He was never qualified to begin with and the appointment was strictly done as a favor by board members. With major upheavals from the community and one of them who was voted out (Hint: she was one of the four who voted for Murfree initially), it was only a matter of time before he resigned, was booted or this.

He was number 34 out of 35 possible candidates for superintendent.

I have closely followed this story since its genesis in 2010.

jarvis

November 14th, 2012
3:44 pm

Velvet Riggins and June Bug Griffin…..right on.

skipper

November 14th, 2012
3:55 pm

Maureen, It is pretty much an accepted fact that most of the board down there is totally incompetent….and yes, I have kin-folks from there. Instead of intellectuals making an important decision, you have less-intelligent folks in an education arena. God Bless America! The right to vote does not give one the intelligence to do so!

Sandy Springs parent

November 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

When are we going to have the free lunch applications properly vetted? That is the biggest problem of all. My kitchen recently flooded and I have been looking in Sandy Springs for a three bedroom apartment or house to rent while it is being repaired. The rents are all over $2,000 /mo and they are tiny. To get near the 3,400 sf my house is the rent is over $4,500. So if the cut off for free and reduced lunch is $22,000 for, a family of for how on earth can the school be a title one school with over 70% getting free and reduced lunch. The school doesn’t do anything because they get more money as a title one school. It is all a big fraud.

bootney farnsworth

November 14th, 2012
4:20 pm

about time. problem is, the same idiots who put him in place will pick his replacement

skipper

November 14th, 2012
4:23 pm

Maureen,
I do know that despite the fact we differ alot you are a good person. How in the WORLD could you offer any explanation for the incompetence down there. I do know that in the past, racial injustices have occurred. However, look at that board, and tell me that some of those people are not as dumb as a sack of rocks. The fact that the system is majority (way majority) black always brings out the race-baiters. Just how could it not? But under the present circumstances, it can not and will not improve….and the sad part is, most folks know it; it just is not “politically-correct” to say so!

Bubba

November 14th, 2012
5:04 pm

@skipper 423:

I am confused, are you talking about Atlanta, Dekalb, and Clayton or Dougherty? Or both

Gamom

November 14th, 2012
5:47 pm

Well according to their website they banned corporal punishment in july 2012. I’d say thats one thing they got right

Private Citizen

November 14th, 2012
5:51 pm

It just brings to the fore than the whole management-by-school-board thing is bizarre.

Private Citizen

November 14th, 2012
5:53 pm

That and someone said local school superintendents being potentates. The whole thing is weird, this posed authority routine.

WhiteWolf of the Bones

November 14th, 2012
6:13 pm

Now if we could only do the same for Dallemand, in Bibb County…he has done less and spent more, and his miracle plan is not worth the paper it was written on.

Pride and Joy

November 14th, 2012
6:42 pm

And the administrators are so filthy and foul they get free lunches for the kids that don’t need them nor qualify for them.
The schools won’t verify income for free lunchees because they want that “free” federal Title money.
Corruption. Theft. Lying. Stealing. Cheating.
That’s public schools in Georgia.
Any wonder Amendment one passed by a landslide?

bootney farnsworth

November 14th, 2012
7:04 pm

I’ve long been ad advocate of setting some basic standards/job profecency requirements for anyone who serves on BOEs and the Regents System.

bootney farnsworth

November 14th, 2012
7:06 pm

if people like P&J had put 1/8 the effort into working with edcuatiors on this issues as was spent demonizing us, we might have been able to solve some of these issues.

but that would require work, not bombthrowing

Pride and Joy

November 15th, 2012
6:21 am

bootney, it’s your job to change your profession, not mine. Once again, you blame the parents, blame the state, blame everyone and anyone except the people who get paid to do the businesss of education.
Step up or step down.

Private Citizen

November 15th, 2012
9:37 am

Pride and Joy, please reconsider your issue of “March! March!” whenever an educator puts off some steam. I don’t know Bootney but I think he works in higher ed., so you can not pull the canard of “yer hurting the children!.” For me, trust me, spent plenty of time making kids “March! March!” (change classes, get up and physically move to next “learning environment”). Maybe your dictates are some payback.

Private Citizen

November 15th, 2012
9:50 am

Bootney, There seem to be some repeating patterns about the public commenting about Georgia educators. Seemingly half the people commenting here are yipping about teachers and unions and do not even realize there are no teacher unions in Georgia. As one outside professional advised, Move! Georgia is the worst state in the union for workers! The other part is I am not completely dumb and have spent 10 years and a lot of coin reading education theory and it is not a simple thing, and that’s before you get to the layered bureaucracies, each seemingly with a few bank vault doors to stop you from looking at what they are doing, together they’re woven like reeds in a basket that holds water, I mean money. Even back in the 1920’s U. S. teachers were treated like dirt, minimal pay and outside public making all sorts of moral declarations on how or where teachers should live (i.e. which rented room or boarding house) and what they should or should not doing. There is at least one short story about “that carpet-bagger teacher” trying to marry the daughter of the local industrialist, so the guy just had him moved, maybe even to a different state.

No health care distribution for citizens, scapegoat teachers, children and families. Right now, this very minute, their is one of those thieves in Congress going harpy about “entitlements.” Hey, I’ve got to go tutor some lady. The reason she told me she wants to stop doing nursing care and wants to be a social worker is because she has seen patients injured in nursing home by people who do not care about them and cover up the injuries. She’s seen where they injure someone and then tell the famliy, “they fell out of the bed.” And if you work there, you best not say anything different. Sing it, Nat. “Georgia, Georgia…