Superintendent sees 6 schools on first day

Students and teachers weren't the only ones in class in Richmond County schools Monday.

 

Dr. Frank Roberson started his first day on the job as Richmond County school superintendent by visiting six schools.

His second stop of the day was at Glenn Hills Middle School, where he toured the school, observed some classes and even found some connections to his local roots.

"His dad was my elementary principal," said Roberson, an Aiken County native, referring to Glenn Hills Middle Principal Glenn Andrews, who ushered Roberson through the school. The elementary school Roberson talked about was Jefferson Elementary in Bath.

After visiting a couple of classes, Roberson made his way to Laquosha Hamlett's math class, shaking her hand and being quickly informed that her in-laws attend the same church he does -- Old Storm Branch Baptist Church in Clearwater.

"She has the best in-laws in the world," Roberson said with a big smile.

As Roberson moved on to visit other classes, Hamlett said she was happy to see him there.

"I think it's good that he's getting out, meeting everybody," she said.

Glenn Hills Middle eighth-grade teacher Philanna Peterson, who also met Roberson on Monday, agreed.

"I think it's a great start for a superintendent -- to come out and visit the schools," she said.

Roberson was named to the post last week, succeeding Dr. Dana Bedden, who left for a superintendent's position in Irving, Texas.

Roberson was touted for being local -- having a home in North Augusta -- and for his hands-on approach. Roberson has said he will be moving to Richmond County.

Roberson most recently was superintendent for Marlboro County School District in Bennettsville, S.C.

On Monday at Glenn Hills Middle, he briefly worked hands-on with a student in a math class and asked teacher Alicia Mahoney how satisfied she was with how the curriculum prepares students for the state standards they are expected to meet.

Mahoney told Roberson that for the most part she was "comfortable" with the curriculum.

Roberson also toured Bayvale Elementary, Tubman Education Center, Terrace Manor Elementary, Wilkinson Gardens and Butler High, and in the next two weeks he said he plans to visit every county school.

He said he was happy with what he had seen Monday and added, "I'll be coming back on a very consistent basis."

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