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Lucy C. Laney High School principal Tonia Mason submits resignation

Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:16 PM
Last updated Friday, May 2, 2014 2:53 AM
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Lucy C. Laney High School Principal Tonia Ma­son has submitted her resignation, which will take effect June 30.

Despite an ongoing internal probe involving the principal, Mason said she has been planning to move for some time to be closer to her daughter, who attends Albany State University.

“I feel good about leaving, and I’m actually excited,” said Mason, who resigned Monday. “I’ve been able to help the students at Laney ex­cel beyond anyone’s imagination. I’ve done my best for Rich­mond County, and I’ve done my best for the students, who are number one.”

Mason was recruited to Laney in 2010 to implement a three-year, $3 million School Improvement Grant aimed at reforming the school culture and boosting achievement.

In that time, chronic absenteeism dropped from 39 percent in 2009-10 to 3 percent in 2012-13. Achievement jumped in most subjects on End of Course tests, and discipline referrals dropped by 75 percent.

Mason said her priority was the students and she hopes the incoming principal possesses the same dedication to their future.

“I always told my students, ‘Once you leave Laney, the world is waiting for you, and I’m going to prepare you to handle whatever situation you find yourself in,’ ” she said. “Hopefully whoever’s next continues that vision.”

The Richmond County School System began an investigation involving Mason earlier this year, the details of which have not been released.

The executive board of the Richmond County As­sociation of Educators, which includes Mason, also asked Georgia Association of Educators to conduct an audit of their local finances, which is being conducted by an independent public accounting firm, according to GAE legal director Mike Mc­Gonigle.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/01/14 - 05:23 pm
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has run amok and rife with criminal activities. I hope for the kids (who really want an education) sakes that Richmond county is not suffering from the same syndrome.

Pops
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Pops 05/01/14 - 08:38 pm
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What a coincidence.......

just as the going gets tough......the tough get going......to Albany......something smells......

corgimom
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corgimom 05/01/14 - 11:19 pm
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Anybody with any sense that

Anybody with any sense that was offered a job and could get out of the RC school system would accept it immediately.

There is no "coincidence", this is a great move for her and she will do well.

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rebellious 05/01/14 - 11:38 pm
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Corgi mom

Really meant that post. Makes me want to say "you can say that again".

raul
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raul 05/02/14 - 12:05 am
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Did I miss something in the

Did I miss something in the article? I read she was resigning her position here and moving to Albany. I didn't see anything about a job offer in Albany.

bohica
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bohica 05/02/14 - 03:28 am
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Yeah great move, like

Yeah great move, like avoiding punishment and responsibilty if she's guilty
of anything. I wonder if she taught her students the same.

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Riverman1 05/02/14 - 06:22 am
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The key line

The key line: "Despite an ongoing internal probe involving the principal..."

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iaaffg 05/02/14 - 06:23 am
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i, too, missed in the article

i, too, missed in the article any mention of this woman going to another job, being offered another job, or having plans to pursue other employment. appears to me she is thinking "out of sight, out of mind". sorry, don't think it works like that, especially when you are 'under investigation' for some type of financial funnies.

Airman
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Airman 05/02/14 - 07:44 am
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Executive Board

She was on the board! Did she agree with the recommendation? Inquiring minds. Sorry wrong newspaper for that quote. lol

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nocnoc 05/02/14 - 08:08 am
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What is her degree in

Doctorate in SPIN?

Will this be another one of those I quit to avoid the Investigation? Then move with a clean record somewhere else to start over.

Some one right now to debating on if continuing the investigation is justified from a $$$$ point, since the RCBOE is rid of her.

bright idea
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bright idea 05/02/14 - 10:36 am
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Albany has

A GAE chapter I bet. No job needed.

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seenitB4 05/02/14 - 11:39 am
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investigation

That doesn't sound like a job offer to me..

corgimom
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corgimom 05/03/14 - 01:01 am
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If she had done something

If she had done something really wrong, she wouldn't be allowed to work until June 30th.

Use your common sense.

bohica
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bohica 05/03/14 - 08:56 pm
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Running away from something

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