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.
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