Mosely finalist for Coffee County

Published 6:52 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Decatur County Board of Commission Chairman and former Decatur County School Superintendent David “Butch” Mosely is a finalist for Coffee County school superintendent’s job.

Mosely has been its interim superintendent since March when he was recruited by the Coffee County BOE, which is one of two school systems in Georgia on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Coffee County seat is the city of Douglas, located about 61 miles northeast of Valdosta, Ga.

Mosely said the members of the Coffee County board are very pleased with his work and the progress he is making in trying to resolve some of the problems the school board there is facing.

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Mosely is one of two finalists, the other being Wayne County School Superintendent Morris Leis. The two finalists were chosen from a pool of 37 applicants.

Mosely said he told the school board members he would make a one- to two-year commitment, and in return, they would furnish Mosely with a house. He said he presently works in Douglas three to four days a week, and commutes home to Decatur County on the other days.

As for Mosely’s term with the Decatur County Board of Commission, “They agreed to let me serve out my term as commissioner,” he said of the board members in Douglas.

He said his duties as county commissioner haven’t been compromised while serving as the interim school superintendent, since most of his duties with the county are referral and can be completed by phone.

The Coffee school board announced the two finalists on July 1; from that date, the board has 14 days to announce its pick for the top position, which could come next week.

Mosely was Decatur County’s last elected school superintendent, serving for five years. He was also superintendent in Glynn County for five years, in the Vidalia City School System for four years, and interim superintendent for Carroll County and Mitchell County. Prior to that, Mosely was principal in the Grady County school system for 10 years and an assistant principal, teacher, coach and school system social worker in the Pelham City school system for 10 years.

Mosely has a doctorate in education from Nova University, an education specialist degree from Valdosta State College, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia.