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Richmond County school board raises meal prices, appoints 4 principals

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:38 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7:58 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Because inaccurate information was provided, two of the newly announced principal's names were misspelled in an earlier version. The story has been changed to reflect this. The Chronicle regrets the error.

The Richmond County Board of Education raised the prices of school meals and approved the appointment of four principals in its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Elementary school pupils will see a 15 cent price increase for lunch from last school year; middle and high schools will se a 10 cent increase.

Gene Spires, the controller of the Rich­mond County School System, said the price increase was necessary to keep the School Nutrition Program solvent as it fights rising costs for state insurance for classified employees and U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which, in implementing a new meal plan, will increase food and labor costs.

“They’ve done about all they can do with the management to keep the prices down,” Spires said. “With these other increases, we’re to the point where the only way to manage it is to actually collect some more dollars.”

Prices saw a similar rise last year. Although both per-meal increases have been slight, students will now pay 50 cents more per meal than they did in 2009. This year’s increases, Spires said, will raise $86,354.

The four principals approved by the board were: Malinda Cobb, Academy of Richmond County; Bernard Chatman, Glenn Hills Elementary; Timothy Jones, Hephzibah Elementary; and Charles Givens, Southside Elementary.

MEAL PRICE INCREASES
Students201020112012
Elementary$1.50$1.85$2
Middle/High$1.75$2.15$2.25
Adults 20112012
Breakfast $2$2.25
Lunch $3$3.25
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HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/17/12 - 11:04 pm
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What's the percentage of

What's the percentage of students with reduced and free lunch compared to those that pay full price?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/18/12 - 08:21 am
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From the Chronicle

Percentage on Free or Reduced School Lunches

SYSTEM 2008 2009 2010

Burke 83.7 83.7 83.6

Columbia 26.7 29.3 32.1

McDuffie 64.8 69.3 71.6

Richmond 70.3 72.3 74

Georgia 53 56.1 57.4

Source: Georgia Department of Education

So let's tell the truth with the article. The 25% of the kids in Richmond County who do not get reduced or free lunches will pay more.

noamsain
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noamsain 07/18/12 - 08:31 am
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Two people who MUST be

Two people who MUST be defeated this Nov...
Barack Hussein Obama and Jimmy "Incompetent" Atkins.
Neither have a clue ...and two peas in a pod

avidreader
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avidreader 07/18/12 - 09:03 am
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Possible Typo!

Is the new principal at ARC Melinda Cobb? I think "Malina" is a typo, but I could be wrong.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 07/18/12 - 09:19 am
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More Males
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I am happy to see more males in leadership roles in RCSS. Why was a male (ARC) replaced with a female...history shows that this is not a good move.

gaj265
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gaj265 07/18/12 - 10:25 am
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It's Malinda Cobb for

It's Malinda Cobb for principal at ARC and Bernard Chatman for principal at Glenn Hills Elementary. And maybe the new principal at ARC was the *most qualified* applicant?

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triscuit 07/18/12 - 10:54 am
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"we’re to the point where the

"we’re to the point where the only way to manage it is to actually collect some more dollars.” Ya think??

I would bet the farm that 95% of those getting free or reduced lunches have mom's with fancy cell phones and professionally done nails and hair. I'd love to have my nails done every two weeks, but I can't afford it. I have food to buy and bills to pay...misplaced priorities and entitlement.

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Sean Moores 07/18/12 - 11:16 am
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@ avidreader and gaj265

Thanks for pointing that out. We have it corrected now.

lynn7044
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lynn7044 07/18/12 - 01:19 pm
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She Might Be The For The Job

Well there was a male and the scores was going down. ARC is on the high risk with the Title 1 because of it's low test score. Malinda Cobb as the principal at ARC ais in the right direction. I hope that the staffs, teachers, parents, and students stand with her to show that it can be a great school. One thing I feel that every high school that is needed is PTA. This way students who are not in sports, ROTC, or other after school program. This way all the parents and all the students can all feel as a family. I Wish Malinda Cobb the Very Best of Luck!!!
Now the school lunch food is a joke at many of these schools. Some of these cafeteria workers can't cook. Some of the food is hard, cold, burn, and just plain nasty. Some of the cooks need to go to cooking school. There seem to be a problem if the students get lunch from a outside source, yet the lunch food is not good. I was visiting an elementary school in Manchester, GA and the food was great. This district has cooking contest were the cafeteria cook show there skills and pride in what they do. I feel that the manager who is in charge of RCSS schools caferteria should also be had accountable for some of the bad food they serve our students.

Reverie
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Reverie 07/18/12 - 03:58 pm
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Each school should have at

Each school should have at least one male and one female administrator. Some schools are only female. Back when Lark was here, I understand that a lot of females were moved into many administrative positions throughout the district. Regarding school food. Back in the day, my aunt was a HS cook for 40 years and the food was restaurant quality--superb! Fast forward to today. The cooks do not cook. Food service staff are low paid and the food is prepackaged either heat and serve or bake and serve--thats it.

noamsain
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noamsain 07/21/12 - 08:07 am
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Does anyone else find it odd

Does anyone else find it odd that out of 55 schools in RC, only 5 are headed by white males...5? Really? 2 in Elem., 1 in middle school, 2 in our high schools...

Why do qualified white male applicants keep getting passed over for these jobs? The county makeup is majority black, but it is 41% white...yet, only 9% of our schools are being run by white males?The blatant racism in RCBOE system has been known for years, and I suspect they will see lawsuits soon if something is not done. This is why school board elections are so important..the demise of the leadership has occured under Mr. Atkins' watch.

This seriously needs to be investigated!

Reverie
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Reverie 07/21/12 - 09:58 am
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Go along to get along

Unfortunately, this school system has the appearance of being highly political. No employee will speak out about ineffective practices or apparent problems for fear of losing their job. Go along to get along. Innovation is dead--no one wants to hear it. We are over regulated, a policy for everything to hide behind. This school system can never be great until the appearance of favoritism and bias is overcome. Furthermore, the current educational methodology is to make every aspect of teaching and learning a script with a lot of data collection. Where's the creativity and innovation from the teacher? I'm visualizing trained monkeys! The best and most successful educational academies in the U.S. broke the rules. Too bad RCSS is great at following the rules!

lynn7044
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lynn7044 07/21/12 - 02:24 pm
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The RCSB need a Time limited.

I am a strong believer that RCSB memebers should be on a time limit. Some don't see that we need members who care about all our children. Not, there family members.The leadership Mr. Atkins' is a joke bacause he stated he only does this part-time because he has a real job. I see he don't want to give up this other job either.
We have some great male principal and have some female principal that shouldn't be the administrator over any school at all. If Columbia County School System wouldn't let her do anything,yet, RCSS brought her and all she doing is hurting the school and the staff. When the staffs dislike the administrator, then the students are the one who get the shorts end (yes she is middle school). I know 2 principals one's black and one's white. They are both doing a great job to improve the school, staffs,and students. Both have went to see why students wasn't at school and make the kids feel like they care about them. I have seen both feed them before they go home and during the summer have check on them and brought food to them. See, people here are so hung up on the color of skin and not the person. My son 8th grade had a white principal who wasn't worth a crap. Yet, now has a white principal who is the best. As a parent, there is nothing I wouldn't do with him or for to help make our school the best. It has to do with his leadership. Every person who wants to be a Principal can't do a great job at it. Example, the formal administrator at ARC, who school is now on the high risk list because his score kept falling. So race have nothing to do with it, it's just he didn't do his job to me.(Nothing personal) This is why RC is so divided now, because people make everything about race. We got to get all our kids back on track. Come to the different meeting, and see the different department about whats best for all our students. I come and I speak out. We need more people that care about the future of RCSS and not just talk a good game. I will keep speaking out for the students, because soon more people will come and join in to make the system understand that we are not going anywhere and then our future will get better.

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