The year in review: Richmond County Superintendent Frank Roberson's illness put many plans on hold

Frank Roberson’s return to work as Richmond County schools superintendent Dec. 7 marked the latest chapter in a story that was one of the area’s biggest in 2011.


Roberson had been out since February, when he underwent emergency brain surgery for an arteriovenous malformation, an abnormal clustering of blood vessels on the brain. His absence left a void in a school system that failed to meet many of the goals Roberson had set when he was hired in August 2010.

“I think the school system desperately needs its leadership at this point,” school board Chairman Alex Howard said. “(Deputy Superintendent James Whitson) is stretched very thin, and we need to move forward with the school system.”

When his medical leave began, many of Roberson’s plans to reform the district were put on hold. Only one school has incorporated a magnet program this year, although Roberson had pledged to increase the number of magnet students, now about 2,000, to “well over 10,000” within five years.

Roberson also wanted 44 of the district’s 55 schools to meet federal “adequate yearly progress” standards in the 2010-11 academic year, which would have been an increase from the 27 schools that made it one year earlier.

According to results released in November, only 25 schools made the benchmarks, two fewer than last year and 19 below Roberson’s goal. Those benchmarks increased in 2011, making it harder for all schools and districts across Georgia to make AYP.

Roberson is scheduled to work only a couple of hours each day during the transitional period, with his duties mostly consisting of participating in calendar events, such as staff and cabinet meetings. A final evaluation on Roberson’s work readiness by his doctors isn’t expected for several months.


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The Augusta Chronicle looks back at the big stories of 2011.

SATURDAY: The Augusta State men’s golf team showed its 2010 national title wasn’t a fluke.

SUNDAY: Lady Antebellum didn’t forget its local ties.

MONDAY: The Augusta Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse, the Kroc Center and Costco opened.

TUESDAY: City Administrator Fred Russell managed to survive controversy.

TODAY: Richmond County school Superintendent Frank Roberson missed the first half of the school year after emergency brain surgery.

THURSDAY: Suspensions and retirements of top officials made for an eventful year at the Augusta Fire Department.

FRIDAY: Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean was convicted of child molestation.

SATURDAY: Two area law enforcement officers – Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh and Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson – were killed in the line of duty.



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