Tim Spivey named deputy superintendent of Richmond County schools

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:35 PM
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Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson (left), Board President Alex Howard and Secretary Crystal L. Jackson attend the meeting. The school board approved Roberson's selection of Tim Spivey as deputy superintendent.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson (left), Board President Alex Howard and Secretary Crystal L. Jackson attend the meeting. The school board approved Roberson's selection of Tim Spivey as deputy superintendent.

Academy of Richmond County Principal Tim Spivey will become the next deputy superintendent of Richmond County schools as James Whitson moves into retirement.

Superintendent Frank Roberson chose Spivey from 14 applicants, and the Richmond County Board of Education approved the selection Wednesday at a called board meeting.

“It was something I was considering all year long,” Spivey said.

Spivey has 31 years of experience in Richmond County schools, including administrative and teaching positions at ARC, Tutt Middle and Westside High schools.

Board members voted unanimously to appoint Spivey as deputy superintendent, although they did not know the names of the other candidates before voting. The board was only presented with Roberson’s selection after the superintendent screened the candidates.

Roberson said he interviewed candidates from inside the system and from across the country. He said Spivey’s track record of success and evidence of student achievement steered his decision.

“He has a very impressive history of school leadership,” Roberson said. “The track record that he’s had in previous positions and his ability to elevate an organization, and having that set of qualifications in place just made it right.”

Whitson came to Richmond County in 2009 as deputy under then-Superintendent Dana Bedden. He served as acting superintendent for about two months after Bedden left for a job in Texas in June 2010 before Roberson was hired that August. He again took control of the district from February 2011 until early this year while Roberson was recovering from a brain condition.

In Roberson’s absence, Whitson helped steer the system through last year’s budget concerns, transportation issues and changes in state programs, including pre-kindergarten cuts.

“Tonight I realized I didn’t have to think about the next board meeting,” Whitson said. “And that was strange.”

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avidreader
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avidreader 06/27/12 - 09:04 pm
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Good Decision!

"He's a well respected man about town." Spivey is the best person for the job. He knows Augusta. He knows the system. He is moral, honest, professional, and concerned. Hooray!

showboat
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showboat 06/27/12 - 09:22 pm
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HE WILL DO A GREAT JOB!!!!!!
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HE WILL DO A GREAT JOB!!!!!!

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 06/27/12 - 10:53 pm
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Bravo!

Excellent choice! I couldn't think of a better person for the job.

willie7
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willie7 06/27/12 - 11:27 pm
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Congratulations!!!
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Congratulations Tim!!! I am very proud that you were appointed deputy superintendent of Richmond County Schools.I am sure you will make a
difference.
From one of you old Little League baseball coaches

virgilkane
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virgilkane 06/27/12 - 11:33 pm
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Great news for Richmond

Great news for Richmond County!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/28/12 - 06:38 am
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"Politics"

When I asked the late, reticent, circumspect and widely-respected Norman Griffin, former Westside HS principal, what was the biggest problem faced by the RCSS, he replied, "Politics."

Last night's events bore out the insightfulness of "Skeeter's" analysis.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/28/12 - 07:18 am
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If the rest of boards we

If the rest of boards we elect would make decisions like this, we would have little to write about.

lynn7044
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lynn7044 06/28/12 - 03:54 pm
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THIS BOARD IS A JOKE

Well, here we go again! If school leader don't do a good job they get promoted to more money. If he retired from ARC and now he gets another check for Richmond County. Well did his school perform during his time at ARC. Records doesn't say that. He might be well respected, but the track don't. The school board said that there's not enought money for our teachers or for supplies.Yet, it seems the board is still wasting our tax dollars. This was a "Good Old Boy" move. My question to Mr. Spivey, will you be visiting our schools? Your friends who are also principals and you know they are not doing there job, will you call them on that? Will you let the game of cover up keep going on. See some people won't say anything but I have no problem of opening up and asking the hard question.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/28/12 - 10:45 pm
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(L)ynn7044,

The kids of the RCSS need more folks like you who are brave enough to STAND UP and look out for their interests.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/02/12 - 07:06 pm
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Clearly,

Craig and Lynn don't actually know or have any first hand experience with Tim Spivey.

lynn7044
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lynn7044 07/03/12 - 06:40 pm
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The Test Score said it all

Well everyone is so stuck on test scores, his scores at his school have gone down. That's not a lie. See if you are go thing to say what teacher and others are not doing there job you got to start at the top. He was the leader of ARC and the school test schools have drop over the years.
Not saying he's not a good person, but the test score don't reflect that. It seems that learders who are not doing there job get promoted and those that are doing there job are look over. You have tearcher that should be promoted because the test score reflect that are not taken to the next level. Moving great teachers and staffs to other schools and not just having those teachers to mentor the staff. You will send those teachers to the low scoring school without getting the head out. I know first hand that at least one middle school need to get the head out because she and her assistance is the problem that the school is not performing. When you hear teachers say, they are there only for the kids. So you have to start at the top to fix the school

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YappyDappy 07/05/12 - 01:32 pm
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@Lynn, first, "If school

@Lynn, first, "If school leader don't do"? Second, Mr. Spivey did NOT retire from ARC. Third, what records are you looking at that show that ARC did not excel under Mr. Spivey’s leadership? Next, I do not see where the BOE is wasting tax dollars with this move. A position needed to be filled by a qualified candidate and now it is. If you knew anything about Mr. Spivey’s leadership abilities, you would know he leads by example and is very involved in school functions. I’m sure that if the position requires him to “visit the schools” and “call out other principles”, he will do just that. Lastly, you say this was a good ole boy move, by who? Dr. Roberson conducted interviews with multiple candidates and recommended to the board who he felt was best for the position. So I ask again, where was the good ole boy system in place in this scenario?

lynn7044
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lynn7044 07/10/12 - 10:25 pm
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Test score

Everyone talk about him and not the scores at the school. See the score is what I am talking about. Everyone talk about how nice he is and how he is at the school functions. I support my kids school funtions as well but that have nothing to do with the score what down. I feel that the leaders at RCBOE need to visit the schools to see whats going on. See its not person is about education our kids. when many teachers feel that way about him, its got to be some truth to it. I feel that Richmond County School System need a over haul. There are people that don't do there job. Never call you back or even answer you email. You see them at the mall at the 1day sale. All I care about is our kids being educated really getting all that is due to them.Stop wasting our tax monies and federal dollars. The kids need for someone to speak out beside those who send their kids to private school and trying to say what is needed for public schools. You must be one of them who won't don't send there kids to public school.

YappyDappy
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YappyDappy 07/11/12 - 12:41 pm
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I will try to break it down

I will try to break it down again as I struggle to understand you. A) What scores are you looking at? B) Supporting school functions and showing up lets the kids know you care about all aspects of their education. C) You are right, there does need to be more BOE involvement at the school level. D) What? E) Who's not doing their job? There is no way possible you can be referring to Mr. Spivey. F) What would you like to see be over hauled, was Mr. Spivey previously in a position to over haul anything? Guess what, he is now! G) Did Mr. Spivey not call you back? H) My child went to ARC under Mr. Spivey’s leadership. I did consider the private school option because of the degenerate disruptive children with parents who only send their children to school to continue receiving their welfare check every month. These children ruin the educational experience for everyone. I feel that if these kids were put in a separate facility, prison seems fitting for most, then the kids that want to learn can excel.

lynn7044
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lynn7044 07/13/12 - 10:09 pm
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The List Is Out

Yes, on Thur, at RCB there was a meeting and yes ARC is still on the High risk school to fail. Hephzibah High, Cross Creek , and Westside was not on the list. So your Mr. Spivey school didn't make the score. I am not saying he's not a nice guy. I am saying his school score was not there. So now you are another one of those parent who conplain about the problem, but won't step in to help fix it. Well every child is not at school to get a check. There are a large amout of kids that want better but it people like you that make it hard for them to get there.
Yes, I am a mother, a mentor, a business ower, and edcated as well. I have travel half way around the world, it's fitting to always find people like YOU that have a small minded, short self-worth to be here. Here's another one of "You People".
So you should have put your child/ren in private school, if you felt that. Was your money not right for private school. Are you just one of them that talk a good game, but you are not there to make a different.You sould like one of these "NAG".
If this is your school you can over haul what you want. I see it happening at Hephzibah and Cross Creek High School. So don't tell me the leaders can't make a change. Mr. Spivey previously in a position was to lead a school into the right direction. So what are these other schools doing that he was not doing-"Being A Leader". Maybe he might do it now.

lovesit42
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lovesit42 08/03/12 - 10:42 am
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Complaing/Spelling/Grammar in General

For goodness sakes, people, demonstrate appropriate spelling and grammar (lynn). I assume your complaining is due in fact at your insufficient schooling (I think it's obvious). Please have a friend check your comments before you post. It's a bit ridculous, and I'm sure embarrassing.

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