Roberson is out for school year

Frank Roberson: Richmond County school superintendent underwent brain surgery Feb. 24 and will not return to work this school year, according to his family.

Richmond County school Superintendent Frank Roberson is not expected to return to work this school year, his family said in a statement released by the district Monday evening.

Roberson, 55, was admitted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Feb. 22 after complaining of headaches and fatigue, which tests determined were caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. He underwent surgery Feb. 24 to relieve brain swelling and pressure.

That was all the result of an arteriovenous malformation, or an abnormal collection of blood vessels in his brain, according to previous statements from his family.

"As indicated in the update released on Thursday, February 24th, Dr. Roberson's progress is expected to be gradual and steady over time," said Doris Roberson, the superintendent's wife, in the statement Monday. "This process normally occurs over an average of four to six months.

"His care will include continuing treatment and therapy by his hospital physicians for his Arteriovenous Malformation condition followed by a period of rehabilitation after his release from MCG Health."

Roberson's progress is slow, his wife said, but he is showing gradual improvement.

"While he is not expected to return physically this school term, we look forward to the continuation of the pattern of progress that he has demonstrated as he moves through his continued treatment, regaining of strength, and overall recuperation," Doris Roberson said.

The school board named Deputy Superintendent James Whitson the acting superintendent at a special meeting March 1.

"We have been touched profoundly by the many acts of kindness expressed toward Dr. Roberson and our family," Doris Roberson said. "We extend our earnest appreciation to the CSRA community, including the students, teachers and staff of Richmond County Schools for your many prayers and thoughtful gestures."

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Roberson family statement

Here is the text of an e-mail sent by Richmond County schools spokesman Louis Svehla at 8:03 p.m. today:

This update is from Mrs. Doris Roberson and the family of Dr. Frank G. Roberson, Richmond County Superintendent of Schools:

As indicated in the update released on Thursday, February 24th, Dr. Roberson's progress is expected to be gradual and steady over time. This process normally occurs over an average of four to six months. His care will include continuing treatment and therapy by his hospital physicians for his Arteriovenous Malformation condition followed by a period of rehabilitation after his release from MCG Health. While he is not expected to return physically this school term, we look forward to the continuation of the pattern of progress that he has demonstrated as he moves through his continued treatment, regaining of strength, and overall recuperation.

We have been touched profoundly by the many acts of kindness expressed toward Dr. Roberson and our family.  We extend our earnest appreciation to the CSRA community, including the students, teachers and staff of Richmond County Schools for your many prayers and thoughtful gestures.

Please continue to keep Superintendent Roberson in your thoughts and prayers.

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