Pringle urges more parent involvement in Richmond County

The superintendent of the Richmond County School System held an hour-long public meeting Thursday to discuss results from the system’s 2016 annual report.

About 100 people attended the gathering at Cross Creek High School, including five school board members and more than 15 Richmond County principals. The board members on hand were Wayne Frazier, Helen Minchew, Patsy Scott, Marion Barnes and Jimmy Atkins.

“Before you call a child a failure, walk a mile in their shoes,” Dr. Angela Pringle told the gathering. “… I believe in this community.”

Pringle spent time addressing several topics while urging the community – mainly parents – to become more involved. Before the meeting, each person in attendance received a copy of the annual report and a card that stated, “We need you!”

On the back of the card, the audience members were asked to check an area in which they could provide assistance, including being a mentor or a partner with a school.

“We have to see more parents engaged in the education of children,” Pringle said.

She also addressed the results of the 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index that showed average scores in Richmond County to be below state levels. In the county, all three grade levels – high school, middle and elementary – posted average scores below 60, which is deemed failing by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

For high schools, Richmond County’s average index was 58.8, compared with a state average of 75.7. The local middle school average was 54.2 and the elementary average was 57.9. The Georgia average was 71.5 for middle schools and 71.7 for elementary level.

“This is a very complex score,” Pringle said of the CCRPI. “It’s more than just scrambled eggs. It’s more than that. It’s a lot that goes into that score.”

Twenty-four indicators go into the score. In 2016, CCRPI scores included four main components: achievement, progress, achievement gap and challenge points. These components are combined for a total score from 0 to 100, with a possibility of 10 additional points.

According to state measures, the number of chronically failing schools in Richmond County rose from 19 to 21 in 2016.

In Richmond County, three high schools – Butler, Glenn Hills and T.W. Josey – were on the list. There were five middle schools: Glenn Hills, Murphey, Morgan Road, Sego and Spirit Creek. The 13 elementary schools were Bayvale, Diamond Lakes, Glenn Hills, Hains, Hornsby, Jamestown, Jenkins-White Charter, Lamar-Milledge, Meadowbrook, Rollins, Terrace Manor, Wheeless Road and Wilkinson Gardens.

“The CCRPI score that everyone judges your school by is more than just passing a test,” Pringle said. “It takes everyone to understand that we have to work together to get to where we need to be.”

Another issue discussed was the high level of Richmond County students who are living in poverty. During her presentation, Pringle showed slides that compared a middle-class student to one living in poverty and showed how the education gap tends to grow with each grade level.

“We have so many students that live in impoverished situations, and it’s going to take everybody that doesn’t live in that situation to help,” Pringle said. “We cannot put our heads in the sand. … When we bring up everybody in this community, these children are going to soar.”

Reach Doug Stutsman at (706) 823-3341 or doug.stutsman@augustachronicle.com.

Ellis Johnson 3 months ago
Parents play a significant role in the success of their children in school. It is so important that they  become participants in their children's homework, curfews, as well as character development. 
John Booth 3 months ago
Ellis, your second sentence eloquently describes what it takes to succeed in school.  But the majority of parents in Richmond County do nothing to help their children succeed.  These children are born and that's the only involvement the so called 'parents' have in the child's life.  The children are for the most part on their and if it weren't for the Grand-mamas they would have nothing that resembles parenting.  Sadly, sex, drugs, crime and other illegal activities consume all of the 'parent's time.
Tony W 3 months ago
I would be inclined to believe this if I were a layman. Do you have date to support your claim? How about a peer reviewed article at least? Where did you get your statistics? Just asking, because I really want to believe at least some of what you stated.
Jim Hall 3 months ago
By their fruits you shall know them....  You have a rotten pie, probably the fruit was rotten
B. M. Michales 3 months ago
RC schools have several problems. The biggest is the lack of parental involvement and students coming from 1 parent homes. The RCBOE office administration and school principals are the next biggest problem. Just call the BOE office and see what kind of response you get. Most everyone is rude and clueless.. On the school level discipline is lacking.
Tony W 3 months ago
Again, I want to believe your rhetoric. Only(ist) thing is...I don't see a link to a Census report or the Princeton Review. Your personal misgivings don't constitute a preponderance of facts.
B. M. Michales 3 months ago
Nationally 75 % of black students come from a home that has only 1 parent. I have a relative that teaches and said the parents are almost nonexistent. Call the board requesting info or needing help and you will find out first hand how unprofessional and discourteous they are.
Jim Hall 3 months ago
None is so blind as he who will not see... for him there is no hope.  Willfully blind.  Willfully ignorant.
Kevin Palmer 3 months ago
Typical bourgeoisie BS. If a retailer had 21 failing stores because of numerous customer service complaints and poor performing employees, it would be a sign of incompetent store managers. The customers would not be blamed. Why should a school system be any different? Drug test all employees from top to bottom. Remove the employee sexual predators. Spend more addressing personnel issues instead of covering up and hiding poor performers. Treat boot licking as contemptuous, not virtuous.
Will Jones 3 months ago
@Kevin Palmer -- While there is piece of truth in what you say, a school is NOT a store. Much closer to the truth, are the responses above yours. As the husband of a school teacher, I hear the differences that parental involvement plays, in the success of the child. I don't know about your Mom and Dad, but both of mine helped me to make sure that I had homework done, and were actually involved with my education. Of course, Mom was more involved than Dad, but they both took an interest. We don't have that as much as we used to, and it is sad.
RALPH ANGELO 3 months ago
Parents ..... your children's lives depend on your involvment in their lives. Question everything that you allow them to do, where they are allowed to go and with whom they are allowed to associate. They are your children and you should love them so that it shows.
David Jefferson 3 months ago
Parents that don't value education produce children that have the same outlook. Bottom line is you cannot make them care. Parents volunteering at school would be great, but the first step is to somehow get them to grasp how essential a good education is to their children's future.
Roland SASSER 3 months ago

This was my response to the "Crisis in black education" article I posted. I changed it a little for a better fit.


Parents have got to get involved and demand better schools or a choice of schools. Teachers cannot do it by themselves, they are there to teach subjects, not behavior. My sister taught in a predominately minority school and many parents did not want to get involved or hear about problems with their kids. She really tried, but these parents would literally throw their kids in the car and run away from her as she approached them. She never had a kid even the one the teachers called grumpy that she did not try and improve their lives. She could not do it by herself!


Many teachers are overwhelmed and just pass problem and underperforming kids along. Some teachers are completely unprepared and should not be teaching period! A coworker's wife is a teacher in Greenville and she is not allowed to fail a student under any circumstances. These kids come to class, refuse to participate, refuse to complete homework, refuse to take tests and she is forced by the administration to move these kids along with a D. And we wonder what is wrong with the system. By the way, she's had enough and retiring!

Vic mccoy 3 months ago
How about the fact that some people are un-teach-able
B. M. Michales 3 months ago
There are good parents, both black and white, in RC. With that said I don't think I would want a majority of the parents around my child. Background  checks would need to be run, and many would fail.

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