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Richmond County schools look ahead to familiar, new problems

Educators say 2013 to bring new concerns

Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 5:27 PM
Last updated 10:47 PM
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In looking ahead at issues facing Richmond County schools, educators said new challenges and old concerns will follow into 2013.

Board member Barbara Pul­liam said her first order of business at January’s board meeting is how to improve security at elementary schools.

In light of the mass shooting at a Connecticut school, Pul­liam said she wants to make sure every visitor is accounted for. When front offices get crowded, she said, some guests can go unnoticed, and she doesn’t want to take any chances.

“I’ve walked in before and they didn’t know I was there,” Pulliam said. “I’m not saying it’s any fault of theirs, but sometimes I’ve gone into a building where parents are standing there in front of the secretary and she didn’t see who walked in the door. …”

Pulliam said some familiar concerns remain, such as improving test scores and dealing with more state funding cuts.

Monique Braswell, the president of the Richmond Coun­ty Council of PTAs, said parents will want to see funding allocated for more teaching positions and fewer administrative roles.

She said that although all aspects of the budget will be scrutinized for the coming year, the classroom should still come first.

“Big restraints are going to be on the budget … but we need less administrators and more teachers,” Braswell said. “If we have someone down at the central office making $130,000, that’s two or three teacher salaries.”

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soapy_725 12/25/12 - 10:50 am
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If only this epiphany would become reality...
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“Big restraints are going to be on the budget … but we need less administrators and more teachers,” Braswell said. “If we have someone down at the central office making $130,000, that’s two or three teacher salaries.”

Not to mention the scores of "administrative staff at each school.

Less administrative staff, a school nurse, an armed guard and a functioning security system.

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soapy_725 12/25/12 - 11:29 am
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"Son, we live in a world that needs walls....
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and someone has to stand guard on the wall...." This is the ever increasingly dangerous world we all have created. Innocence is gone. The reality is fighting "a war, that is not a against flesh and blood, but against evil in high places".

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ironpurps 12/25/12 - 09:47 pm
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From what I can remember, Dr. Bedden had an outside organization look at the RCBOE and found that if anything, RCBOE was understaffed. It makes for a statement but has been already addressed. As far as security is concerned, why not add more police officers? Lots of veterans are home and looking for work. These are highly trained warriors who have dealt with the Taliban and been in Iraq. Surely they can handle a few wanna-be gang bangers and school aged punks.

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