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Columbia County schools deputy superintendent named lone finalist to lead school system

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 8:24 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 3:52 AM
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Columbia County schools Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway was announced Monday as the lone finalist to lead the school system beginning next year.

Columbia County school board members spent about 1½ hours interviewing Carraway for the superintendent position in executive session before emerging from behind closed doors and naming her the finalist. A decision to name Carraway as the next superintendent can’t be made for 14 days, according to state law. The new superintendent will replace Charles Nagle in July.

Carraway initially was one of 18 candidates who applied for the job, but a 14-member search committee narrowed the list to two on Nov. 8, when they chose to interview Carraway and an out-of-state candidate.

The other candidate, whose name will remain private, decided to withdraw, school board attorney Pete Fletcher said.

Carraway was a front-runner for the position early on, said one board member.

“To say she was the strongest ... without a doubt, she was,” board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco said.

Before serving as deputy superintendent for more than five years, Carraway was assistant superintendent of student support for the school system, principal of Greenbrier High and Riverside Middle schools and an assistant principal at Evans and Harlem high schools. She also taught English and Spanish at Harlem High.

Carraway is a Harlem High graduate and received her doctorate in education administration from Georgia Southern University in 2001.

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wildman
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wildman 11/27/12 - 05:44 am
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Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

Did anyone think different? The search was a joke from the start, guess the board had to make it look good. Since she worked so close to Nagle will she make any changes to better the system. Doubt it!

scoobynews
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scoobynews 11/27/12 - 06:19 am
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Who didn't see that one

Who didn't see that one coming?? The other candidate most likely felt they were wasting their time which is why they pulled out. Don't blame them.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/12 - 09:02 am
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When was the last time

When was the last time Columbia County appointed a Superintendent from outside the system? Price, Nagle, Carraway. I believe the BOE seeks Superintendents who will obey them and not necessarily the education community and citizens. It would be nice to get some fresh outside ideas every now and then. Look up corporate entropy.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/27/12 - 10:13 am
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That would be Tom Dorhmann...

...and that ended well, wouldn't you say?

Dr. Carraway is from a different generation...and I believe is far closer to the teachers in the trenches than any of her predecessors. This is an upgrade, and from what I know about the lady, she has plenty of new ideas and an original perspective.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/12 - 09:59 am
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Austin, interesting comments.

Austin, interesting comments. So this is an upgrade and she brings new ideas? Well, great. I'm glad you see the point about familiarity breeding stagnation. By the way, Tom Dorhman, did very well and retired as the Oconee County Superintendent after the Columbia Cty BOE got rid of him because of his relationship with his now wife.

Barry Paschal said about Dorhman in an editorial, "Even Tom Dohrmann, in spite of his tumultuous tenure, brought a freshness and vigor to the role that only and outsider could spark."

Notice the word outsider.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/27/12 - 10:12 am
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I would not have wanted to see Jeff Carney get this spot...

...but Sandra Carraway is an upgrade.

It is not the fact that someone is "new to the system" that will make them valuable, it all depends on the individual in question. It is possible to promote from within and do just fine, RC has had several deputy supers that would have been awesome in the "boss spot" (post Larke). Sadly...they were all the wrong color.

Dorhmann (thanks for the spelling there) was a great leader...he just committed a (locally) capital offense when he dipped his pen in the company ink. His error in judgment seemed to inspire some uninspired choices to lead after him.

Carraway should not be blamed for coming up local. She is of a new generation (Nagle and Price are old enough to be her Dad) and is far more dynamic than either of the men before her.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/27/12 - 10:16 am
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OH...and MANY thanks to the Lincoln County BOE...

...for hiring Carney out of the county. He seems to be a good fit up there, and his exit prevented a (likely) bloody battle down here.

Had Carraway and Carney gone head to head...it would not have been pretty.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/27/12 - 10:51 am
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Rapes?

The one rape I know about happened BEFORE she was a principal at GHS. She replaced the lady who was in charge at the time it happened.

OH...and kids are going to "conspire"...it is the ones who execute the plans that you gotta watch out for.

ColumbiaCountyPerson
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ColumbiaCountyPerson 11/27/12 - 10:58 am
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Dr. Carraway is going to be

Dr. Carraway is going to be great in this position. She has tons of experience and ideas about how to continue to make things better! There is nothing stagnant about her. She has been great at all of her positions in the county, and she was chosen for this job for a reason based on the success she brought in her positions and schools. Not only is she excellent in her profession, but she is a classy, amazing person outside of it too. She will push to make this county great, and that is a fact! Dr. Carraway is the right choice!

lifewater10
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lifewater10 11/27/12 - 11:14 am
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Austin

Have you ever asked Dr. Carraway about her opinion of Dr. Carney? I personally know the answer and I think you would be surprised by her response.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/27/12 - 11:19 am
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I don't need to know what Carraway thinks about Carney...

...I have my own thoughts about him based on his own actions.

Local Interests
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Local Interests 11/27/12 - 12:33 pm
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No Big Surprise

We all know this was a foregone outcome.
The good news is that Carraway has proven to be a better "central office" administrator than she ever was as a principal.
I did laugh out load when several weeks ago the Board said that the new Super would have to embrace technology in education. This is funny because, while at GHS, Carraway was COMPLETELY against things like online classes, distance learning and joint-enrollment as ways for advanced students to continue to advance and be challenged. She has since softened her opposition. The GHS teachers generally liked Carraway because she pretty much let them do whatever they wanted. She spent most of her time vying for her next job at the central office.

Not sure why Rhodes doesn't like Carney. Those who work with the central administrators regularly considered him highly competent and more than qualified for the job. Carraway has plenty of skeletons in her closet but managed to deflect. I guess that's an important leadership quality.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/27/12 - 03:42 pm
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The fact that a school

The fact that a school district ranks LOW when compared with districts OUTSIDE Georgia, it seems to me to cry for outside help or are we satisfied to be as good as we are when compared w/i Georgia? I should hope not!

Local Interests
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Local Interests 11/27/12 - 04:00 pm
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It's Worse Than That

CC only compares well because we are lucky enough to be physically beside Richmond County (low bar). Our schools don't really compare all that well IN STATE if the other districts in the comparison are our socio-economic peers.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/27/12 - 04:42 pm
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a victory....

The elevation of Sandra Carraway to school superintendent is another "victory" for the usual Columbia County inward-looking, narrow-minded, incestuous administrative good-ol' boyism. Columbian County residents hoping things will stay pretty much the same just got their wish. Having "a world class educational system" is a nice slogan, but under Carraway and her recent predecessors they are mere words.

class1
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class1 11/27/12 - 05:51 pm
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Common Core

Let's see how Columbia County Test Scores fair against the other counties in other states when the Common Core goes into effect totally.

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