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State school exec points out low performance

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Dr. Barbara Lunsford, of the Georgia Department of Education speaking to Dougherty County School Board members at Wednesday's meeting in downtown Albany Dr. Barbara Lunsford, of the Georgia Department of Education speaking to Dougherty County School Board members at Wednesday's meeting in downtown Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

State education officials say three Dougherty County High Schools are among the lowest 5-percent in the state in terms of achievement.

Wednesday, associate state superintendent Barbara Lunsford told Dougherty County School Board Members that Albany, Dougherty and Monroe High School are in dire need of improvements. 

Interim DCSS Superintended Dr. David Mosely and several Dougherty Co. Board Members agreed with Dr. Lunsford's suggestion to implement more rigorous recruitment practices, get better teachers into classrooms and improve student learning.

"It's critical. We have to have folks who..staff who have the expertise and the knowledge in the content.  But we also have to have staff who have skills in terms of instruction.  Skills in terms of assessing students of where they're at and what they need next," said Dr. Barbara Lunsford, Georgia Dept. of Education Associate Superintendent. 

Lunsford said changing faculty work schedules, potentially hiring some candidates on a part-time basis, and offering bonuses to high performing teachers may help attract quality educators to Dougherty County.

 

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