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      Former educator says he can help board with budget

      A former Dougherty County school principal says he can help the school board become more fiscally responsible without making stinging cuts.

      Robert Youngblood was principal at Lake Park Elementary, Turner Elementary and Westover High School before retiring from the school system. Now he says he wants to give back to the school system.

      "The school system played such an important role in my growth and development when I was growing up, my children went to school in the Dougherty County School System, and I think it's time to give something back and help our community," says Youngblood.

      Youngblood says his primary goal is to use his knowledge as a former educator to help the board be fiscally responsible when it comes to the budget, saying "We don't need to just arbitrarily cut programs and staff and furlough days. We really need to take a hard look, and having worked in the school system I know where those areas are that we can look."

      District 1 Board Member David Maschke announced at the end of March that he was not running for a fourth term with the board of education.

      Youngblood is currently an Executive Vice President at DOCO Credit Union.