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Richmond County schools Superintendent Frank Roberson still working part time

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A date has not been set for recovering Richmond County School Superintendent Frank Roberson’s return to full-time work.

After almost 10 months on medical leave, Roberson returned to work on a limited basis Dec. 7. He works no more than six hours each week.

Schools spokesman Louis Svehla said Roberson is mainly sitting in on cabinet meetings and other structured events.

Six hours a week is the most Roberson is able to work without affecting his long-term disability pay through the district’s insurance company, Svehla said.

School board President Alex Howard said Roberson will transition to full-time work when a rehabilitation specialist approves the move.

Howard said the specialist visits twice a week to monitor Roberson’s progress but has not said when Roberson can return to working full time.

“(The specialist) is there to see if we need to increase or decrease his workload, but I hear he’s doing really well,” Howard said.

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.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 01/21/12 - 04:36 pm
The RCSS needs Dr. Roberson's

The RCSS needs Dr. Roberson's leadership, particularly in the area of student achievement.

High-tech, high-wage employers won't accept excuses for poor applicant skills. They'll just locate their facilities elsewhere.

corgimom 01/21/12 - 08:57 pm
If a superintendent can lead

If a superintendent can lead a school district by working 6 hours per week, what does that say about that district?

And how effective can anyone be working 6 hours per week and sitting in on a cabinet meeting?

I, more so than most, understand the challenge of a sick, disabled person trying to return to work; but at some point, he either needs to return to his job or accept a disability rating and find more suitable work.

It's not fair to the taxpayers, the students, the employees, or the people that had to take up his job responsibilities, especially when there is no return-to-work date in sight.

cj52111 01/22/12 - 09:17 pm
I am in agreement with

I am in agreement with corgimom. I have deep respect for Dr. Roberson but believe if he was interviewing for the position in his current state of health he would not be considered qualified for the position. We have to put the best interest of the children first and there is no disrespect to Dr. Roberson to step down/retire/medical disability and allow someone that can give the job the time and attention it deserves. I have had these thoughts for months but the recent resignation of Gabrille Gifford has brought Dr. Roberson and the children of Richmond County back to mind. My prayer is that Dr. Roberson will retire and focus fully on his recovery and give the students of Richmond Couny the very best chance to succeed.

TruthJusticeFaithHope 01/23/12 - 02:54 pm
Hey, everyone is sorry for

Hey, everyone is sorry for Mr. Roberson's loss of function, but, this is all very unfair to the school district. He has health benefits, and can go on disability. The school system need a superintendent.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/23/12 - 03:13 pm
Tracey McManus wrote: Six

Tracey McManus wrote:

Six hours a week is the most Roberson is able to work without affecting his long-term disability pay through the district’s insurance company, Svehla said.

Hey, TJFH. It looks like he is collecting long term disability plus his full salary. That's double dipping to me.

David Parker
David Parker 01/23/12 - 04:45 pm
I feel confident when

I feel confident when insurance is involved, someone is checking pretty closely that no funny business is occurring. Twice a week visit w/ evaluation should reveal something more definate soon anyway. Very glad Mr. Roberson is on the mend!

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