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The "AHS Class of 2018" believed if AHS closed ... surely it would be ...

at the close of their Senior Graduation ...

 

That was not to be ...

 

Sadly, the Class of 2018 will graduate elsewhere ...

... and what about promises of school choice for Senior Year Athletes?

 

Dougherty County School System Board Votes - 6/6/2017

Split Decision:  4 - 3 to Close AHS

 

AHS 1955 to 2017

 

* On June 6, 1955, the first Senior Class graduated in the beautiful auditorium of the new Albany High School on Residence Avenue.

* On April 26, 2017, a committee made up of Dougherty County School System (DCSS) employees sent a recommendation to the school board that Albany High School would no longer serve as a high school, but instead house the offices currently at Walter Judge Academy.

 
* The GLRS facility (Georgia Learning Resources System) and ESP Center agreed to consider a proposal recommended by Supt. Designate Ken Dyer to close and repurpose Albany High School ...

 
* DCSS issued a release that said what they term a "realignment" would "better allow students to progress along a track that supports and fosters academic success, improves school climate and culture."

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On June 6, 2017, the vote was taken.  The result was 4 - 3 and AHS was closed immediately.

* Also on June 6, 2017, the last Senior Class graduated from the repurposed Albany High School on Residence Avenue.

*** The question could be asked ... how was the Dougherty School Board prepared to make the change-over so quickly?

 

  

 

 

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The Indians head football coach delivered the news to the team on Tuesday that Albany High would be closing. (Source: WALB)
The Indians head football coach delivered the news to the team on Tuesday that Albany High would be closing.
(Source: WALB)
The students will be zoned to new high schools, with seniors given the option to choose where they go to school. (Source: WALB)
The students will be zoned to new high schools, with seniors given the option to choose where they go to school.
(Source: WALB)
Indians Head Football Coach Felton Williams (Source: WALB)
Indians Head Football Coach Felton Williams
(Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB)

The news of Albany High School's immediate closing was stunning Tuesday morning, and the decision is still sinking in with many of the school's student athletes.

The Albany Indians football team just started summer workouts, preparing for the upcoming season, now they know the orange and green has seen it's last game.

The Indians are no more after the school board's decision Tuesday (Click to open)

The students will be zoned to new high schools, with seniors given the option to choose where they go to school with a caveat. (NOTE:  The first understanding of athletes was with without a caveat ... THEN THEY LEARNED ABOUT THE CAVEAT)

According to GHSA bylaws, student-athletes must play for the school in the zone they live in. If student-athletes that are seniors wish to play, they do not have freedom of choice, but will be confined to where they are zoned.

As for the coaches, they'll be assigned to a new school as a teacher. Any coaching duties are up in the air at this point.

Felton Williams, has been the Indians' head football coach since 2009. He delivered the news to his football team just as they began Tuesday's workout.

"The kids were actually warming up, so I had to bring them in.  I wanted to be the first to tell them. I didn't want them getting the news from the internet or text message or whatever. So that was very difficult to give them that heartbreaking news," explained Williams. "You try to be optimistic and keep them motivated when they're hearing different things from different people in the community, and today, for them to get confirmation, it was extremely devastating."

Williams said he hopes to continue coaching by finding a spot on a staff as an assistant.

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OTHER NEWS:

* Summer school at Albany High School will continue this summer, but the school will not open for the next school year.

* Teachers contracts will not be broken. 

* They will be dispersed to other schools in the system. 

* Albany High School Rodney Bullard was already chosen to be the new deputy superintendent for the system

* In the coming weeks, school system leaders will realign students system-wide.

* Rising seniors at Albany High School will have the option of choosing which high school they would like to attend for their senior year.

* School system leaders said they will post realignment updates on their website.

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OF  INTEREST ...

*** New DCSS Deputy Superintendent, former AHS Principal, was named to new post  4/26/2017, by Dougherty County Board of Education

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB)

Albany High School Principal Rodney Bullard has been chosen to be the new deputy superintendent for the Dougherty County School System.

He was approved by the Dougherty County Board of Education on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

According to the district's website, Bullard is the first major hire by Associate Superintendent and Chief Business Officer Kenneth Dyer since being tapped to replace Dr. David Mosely as superintendent on July 1.

"Itís a privilege and an honor to serve as the deputy superintendent of the Dougherty County School System," Bullard said. "Iím very excited about the opportunity to assist in the development of all stakeholders. I believe we have created a great foundation and I look forward to building upon that success.

He has been the principal of AHS since 2013.

 

 

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