2017-2018 School Board

Board Chair

 Velvet Edwards Poole

Phone: 229-296-9267

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Velvet Edwards Poole

2016-2017 Board Chair
(District 3)
1404 Cromartie Beach Dr.
Albany, GA 31705

Velvet Edwards Poole is a native Albanian, a graduate of Dougherty High School, and the mother of three children. Mrs. Poole is a graduate of Claflin College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she attended on a four-year basketball scholarship and is a member of the 2014 Claflin University Athletic Hall of Fame. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Albany High School basketball and football booster, and a mentor with several organizations. Mrs. Poole attends Church of Christ US 19 South. Her favorite quote is, "You miss 100% of the shots you never take" and her favorite scripture is Romans: 12.

BOE Committees:
Instructional Services/Accountability (Chair)
Buildings and Grounds/Athletics

Current term expires: December 31, 2020

 Robert Youngblood

Phone: (229) 888-0263

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Robert Youngblood

Vice-Chair
(District 1)
200 Pine Ave.
Albany, GA 31701

Robert Youngblood was elected to the board in 2012. He is a lifelong resident of Dougherty County and attended Magnolia Elementary, Merry Acres Middle, and Westover High Schools. His career experience includes 30 years of service in the Dougherty County School System as a teacher, coach, and administrator at the elementary, secondary, and central office levels. After retiring from DCSS in 2008 as a Director in the Central Office, he accepted a position with DOCO Credit Union as Vice President of Administration where he currently serves as an Executive Vice President.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Valdosta State University, a Master of Education from Albany State University, and an Educational Specialist degree from The University of Georgia.

Youngblood's current community involvement includes serving as Chapter Vice President of Southwest Georgia Credit Union, membership in the Albany Exchange Club, and Albany YMCA. He is a member of Porterfield United Methodist Church.

BOE Committees:
Instructional Services/Accountability
Finance/Personnel

Current term expires: December 31, 2020

At Large

 Geraldine West-Hudley

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Geraldine West-Hudley

(At-Large)

Mrs. Geraldine West-Hudley was sworn in to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Lane Price in September 2016. Hudley started her first full term as a board member in January 2017. She is a former teacher and principal in the Dougherty County School System.

Her term expires on December 31, 2018.

District 2

 Milton Griffin

Phone: 229-888-2110

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Milton Griffin

District 2
223 Tremont Ave.
Albany, GA 31701
(home)

Milton Griffin, the former owner of Junebug's Grocery, was elected to the Board of Education in November 2000. He is active in Dixie Youth Baseball and the Holiday Society Club. Mr. Griffin attends 2nd Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

BOE Committees:
Buildings and Grounds/Athletics (Chair)Transportation/Safety and Security

Current term expires: December 31, 2018

District 4

 Melissa Strother

Phone: 229-886-4948

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Melissa Strother

District 4
200 Pine Ave.
Albany, GA 31701

Melissa Strother was elected to the board in 2014. She is a sixth generation Albanian. She attended Auburn University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Services.

Melissa is married to Jay Strother, and they have 2 young children. She is a small business owner, artist, and graphic designer.

Melissa is a member of Greenbriar Church. In her spare time she enjoys painting, baking, and spending time with her family.

BOE Committees: N/A

Current term expires: December 31, 2018

District 5

 Rev. James Bush

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Rev. James Bush

District 5
1108 Waddell Ave.
Albany, GA 31721
889-1994 (business)
434-9138 (home)
 
Rev. James Bush was elected to the Board in 2004. He is the owner of Bush Ventures, Inc., a business consulting firm. Rev. Bush is a former Albany Man of the Year and an inductee into the Albany State University Hall of Fame. He is a former Dougherty County police officer, a former Dougherty County commissioner, and was Congressional Aide to Congressman Charles Hatcher for 12 years. He has served as a member of the First State Bank Advisory Board of Colquitt, Georgia. Rev. Bush serves as pastor of the Greater Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

BOE Committees:
Finance/Personnel (Chair)
Transportation/Safety and Security

Current term expires: December 31, 2020

District 6

 Dr. Dean Phinazee

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Dr. Dean Phinazee

District 6
200 Pine Ave.
Albany, GA 31701

Dr. Dean Phinazee was elected to the board in 2014. He is a retired educator with the Dougherty County School System where he taught Chapter 1 Math and Reading to 5th Grade students.

He's a graduate of Pike County High School in Zebulon, Ga. In 1972, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Albany State University. In 1977, he was awarded his Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Georgia State University. He earned his Specialist in Education Degree from Albany State in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Religion from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary.

He previously taught at Calhoun County Schools, Albany State University and the Dougherty County School System. He also served as the director of the Child Development and Staff Training Project at Albany State.

He is a member of the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Educators and the Dougherty County Association of Educators.

Phinazee spent seven years as scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America; serves as a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and is a member of the Boys to Men Youth Group.

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Current term expires: December 31, 2018