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Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle to retire after 2012-13 school year

Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:57 AM
Last updated Friday, July 27, 2012 1:06 AM
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Saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, Columbia County Superintendent Charles Nagle said Thursday he plans to retire at the end of the upcoming school year.

Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle has announced that he will retire at the end of this school year.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle has announced that he will retire at the end of this school year.

Nagle, a longtime educator and administrator beginning his sixth year as superintendent, told the school system Principals’ Conference he will step down June 30.

“Thirty-seven years is a long time to give to public service,” he said. “I feel that while I’m still healthy, I would like to be able to spend more time with my family.”

Nagle has been an administrator or teacher in Columbia County schools since 1989. He served as associate superintendent eight years, before becoming superintendent in 2007.

“To be able to be a superintendent in a school system like Columbia County is very humbling,” Nagle said. “It’s an awesome responsibility.”

While noting the challenges of growing class sizes and state funding cuts, he said county school test scores continue to improve.

“We’ve struggled through the economy, but we’ve always been able to come out on top,” Nagle said.

School Board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco said Nagle’s devotion to education has always been clear.

“What’s best for students,” she said, “that’s always been his mantra.

“That’s why I think the board was so much behind him all these years,” she said. “There’s no ego involved in it. It’s all just a love for what he’s doing.”

Nagle commended the school board for its support.

“Our school board is very knowledgeable, and know and love education,” he said. “They’re there because they care about education, not because they want to be a politician, which makes our board unique.”

The board, told Tuesday of Nagle’s decision to retire, will be tasked with finding a replacement. Buccafusco said she and other members have begun discussing when to start the search.

“I think the search is going to take a good bit,” she said. “Many, many people would like to come work with us. It’s something we take seriously as a board.”

Though Nagle might be retiring as superintendent, he said he plans to continue working in some capacity, possibly doing consulting work or speaking to groups.

“I’m looking so forward to spending time with my children and my grandchildren,” he said. “That’s very important to me.”

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noamsain
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noamsain 07/26/12 - 10:40 am
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Columbia County is losing a

Columbia County is losing a fine man in Mr. Nagle...they will hurt when he leaves, he is one of the last with common sense. Here's hoping that they don't give it to Carraway...

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 07/26/12 - 10:41 am
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Charlie, you will be missed.

Thanks for your courage, commitment, honor and devotion.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/26/12 - 11:58 am
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(C)rkgrdn,

You can say that again.

woodymeister
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woodymeister 07/26/12 - 12:16 pm
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Maybe....Just Maybe

Maybe Lee Benedict will put his name in the hat for this job also!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/12 - 12:19 pm
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I figured Nagle was retiring

I figured Nagle was retiring when I saw his squeeze through budget. I almost said something like that. Whoever takes over is going to have lots of cuts to make the following year.

woodymeister
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woodymeister 07/26/12 - 12:34 pm
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Squeeze Through Budget?

Can you explain that?

Local Interests
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Local Interests 07/26/12 - 12:39 pm
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Please Do A Real Replacement Search

I really felt sorry for the guy brought in last time when the job was given to Nagle. Being from out of town he likely actually thought he had a shot at the job. The school board was giving it to Nagle all along, even though he didn't even have a Ph.D. (pretty basic requirement for a Super in a school district of this size). This time we should truly look for someone qualified and not just a member of the good ol' boy (or girl) club.

I hope the next Super (and school board) will get over this furlough idea every time they run short of money. When you hire someone and promise them a salary you should either pay them or let them go.

I think most people in this county understand cutting tax revenue to the school and still expecting superior results is an oxymoron.

woodymeister
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woodymeister 07/26/12 - 01:55 pm
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Local interests

While a furlough is not an ideal situation, many, many employees in the private sector have had their pay reduced due the economic conditions and the impact they have had on businesses. A simple solution, as you mentioned, would be to simply reduce teachers. Who loses? The kids and the kids only. We don't want to pay more taxes, we don't want to furlough teachers and administrators, yet we expect "the system" to produce superior results in terms of education of students. While not an oxymoron, I think most people understand the concept of "you get what you pay for".

Instead of complaining for the sake of complaining, why not complain for action. Share your constructive ideas on how to better reach the goals of the Columbia County School System and the taxpayers that support it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/12 - 02:26 pm
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Woodymeister

There are no furloughs for next year. The reserve fund will be tapped. Nagle said something would have to be done to get more funding later which will likely be increased taxes. I'm not knocking him because he did a pretty good job, but it's obvious the can has been kicked down the road.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/26/12 - 02:50 pm
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As far as the budget goes, I

As far as the budget goes, I honestly think it's way past time for the next superintendent to "think outside the box" when it comes to the budget. Look, there is obviously not much else they can do to limit the amount of money that is necessary.....well, other than cutting the adminstrative costs, that we've NEVER heard of...so, maybe it's time to start thinking of ways to bring money INTO the budget!! What about trying to get corporate sponsors??? Get sponsors to spend their money, in exchange for advertising, to help defray the costs of running the schools...and that includes supplies, gas, utilities, computers, etc.. Why not?? Why can't we plaster "Cushman Paint & Body" or "Kroger Food Stores" over all the lockers, or the water fountain, or the front doors, or the the top of paperwork that gets sent home for parent signtatures, or the school signs by the roads, or bookcovers??? There are restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, car dealerships, drink companies and on and on type businesses that would love to market their businesses to our kids and their parents! After all, those businesses are ALREADY advertising everywhere else, why not allow them more into our schools so we can get some money for it? As I speak, there are 6 ads on this page alone!! On the front page right now, there are 7 ads! See what I mean?

redapples
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redapples 07/26/12 - 02:57 pm
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Riverman, Employees have been

Riverman,
Employees have been made well aware that furlough days have NOT been ruled out for the 2nd semester of the coming year. No hope was given having anything to do with increasing taxes to avoid furlough days. In fact, it was made quite clear that increasing taxes was NOT on the table.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/26/12 - 04:40 pm
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Redapples is right. We have

Redapples is right. We have been warned that come January there may be furloughs for the 2nd semester which will mean less instructional days for students and parents scrambling to get child care for the days teachers will not be at work. Many of us thought they should go ahead and give us the furloughs because it could be extended over the 12 months worth of paychecks instead of 6.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 07/26/12 - 06:00 pm
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Utility costs

Why do we start school earlier than any place else in the south? Higher costs to cool in August, too. Just wondering......

ColumbiaCountyPerson
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ColumbiaCountyPerson 07/26/12 - 10:30 pm
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I agree that Mr. Nagle is a

I agree that Mr. Nagle is a fine man and has done a good job, and I wish him a wonderful retirement. However, the school board would be doing an extreme disservice to Columbia County if Carraway is not chosen as the next Superintendent. She is beyond qualified with years of experience, high education and, most importantly, the desire to do the right thing for the system and all involved. She is indisputably a wonderful person in all aspects of her life, and it would be a shame if her valuable years of experience with this school system and superb reputation as an educator were passed up. My vote is for Carraway!

jaimemorrissey
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jaimemorrissey 07/27/12 - 02:04 am
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education

The effectiveness of online education such as High Speed Universities depends on the learner. If you want to learn, you learn. If you don't, you can cram or cheat

Local Interests
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Local Interests 07/27/12 - 09:37 am
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More Important: Road or Education

According to Reason.Org, Georgia ranks 9th in the country in cost-effective road maintenance. TheDailyBeast.com ranks Georgia 39th in education based on standardized test scores.
Local authorities lower taxes that generate revenue for education and want to raise taxes to generate revenue for road maintenance.
Priorities appear quite clear to me.
Columbia County needs to quit thinking they have a great school system just because it is better than the surrounding counties. When compared to similar socio-economically served school systems in the state, we no longer look that good.
We need new blood on the school board and in school administration to push our local and state politicians to put education back as a priority.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/27/12 - 12:36 pm
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One pertinent point

Nagle didn't stay in the position that long. Maybe it's time we looked at someone younger with more time to spend in the job before retiring.

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