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Petition seeks to bring principal back to Glenn Hills High School

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Last month a 16-year-old boy stood in the principal’s office at the Tubman Education Center, his hands folded behind his back and his eyes lowered.

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Principal Wayne Frazier watches as students are picked up at Tubman Education Center. A group has collected 200 signatures in a petition to bring him back as principal to Glenn Hills High School.   TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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Principal Wayne Frazier watches as students are picked up at Tubman Education Center. A group has collected 200 signatures in a petition to bring him back as principal to Glenn Hills High School.

He was attending the center’s alternative program because he had broken the code of conduct at his zone school. Now he found himself on the other side of Wayne Frazier’s desk because he yelled at a teacher.

Whatever the issue was in class, Frazier wanted to hit the problem he knew was beyond the school.

“Repeat what you just told me,” Frazier said when a visitor walked in.

The boy mumbled that he didn’t know who his father was.

“Well I didn’t know my real daddy either,” Frazier replied. “It doesn’t mean you act like that.”

It took negotiating, but the student eventually admitted he needed to apologize to the teacher. It came after a man-to-man talk about where his frustration might be coming from and where his path could go if he doesn’t let it go.

Frazier, a 6-foot-4 retired Army sergeant, uses a no-nonsense, throw-the-rule-book-away approach to leading the alternative program. Complaints from staff about his style is part of what caused Superintendent Frank Roberson to transfer Frazier from his position as principal at Glenn Hills High School to Tubman in 2012.

Now, after almost 10 months without him, some in the Glenn Hills community are fighting to get him back. Rico Jackson, the president of the Barton Chapel Progressive Neighborhood Association, has completed a petition with about 200 signatures urging Richmond County school officials to bring Frazier back to Glenn Hills.

“He has a particular way of doing things, and not everybody agrees with it, but it works 100 percent,” said Jackson, who fathers foster children that attended Glenn Hills. “(In the community) there’s drugs, violence, and we’re trying to get rid of that. A principal like him can get the kids back on track.”

After three years at Glenn Hills, Roberson transferred Frazier to Tubman after several teachers complained about the principals’ style – about 12 transferred out – and the percentage of students passing Math I was in the single digits. In a transfer letter to Frazier, Roberson also said the school system could use Frazier’s leadership at the alternative program for needed change.

In January, two Glenn Hills educators filed lawsuits against the Richmond County Board of Education alleging the board failed to stop harassment, abuse and a hostile work environment from Frazier.

On Jan. 31, Roberson gave Frazier a letter of reprimand, citing complaints made by his former secretary about unfair work demands and inappropriate comments made to students and teachers.

Jackson, who plans to send his petition to the Georgia Department of Education and Roberson, said Frazier’s style might seem harsh on paper, but the rule book does not always apply to real life.

Frazier said he knows his style might offend some who don’t understand it. He also said he believes his transfer and letters of reprimand might be more politically motivated than anything else.

His specialty is dealing with at-risk African American students, especially those coming from broken homes or crime ridden neighborhoods. And to avoid filling more prisons with more black youth, Frazier said an unorthodox approach is needed.

When boys have their pants sagging low, he tells them to “pull your panties up.” If a boy is embarrassed to give him a hug, Frazier tells him not to be a “sissy.”

And when students act like a teacher can’t understand where they come from, Frazier surprises them with his story. Frazier said he grew up with five stepfathers, watched his sister turn to prostitution and never had a bed to sleep in until he joined the Army after high school.

“They’re going through the same things,” Frazier said. “They’re not going to trust you unless you talk to them in a manner they understand. But I’m getting it to them through their own culture and their own experiences. That’s just the way it is.”

Frazier said he is unsure where he’ll be next year or if Jackson’s petition will be successful. But wherever he goes, his attitude will be the same.

“I treat the children how I’d treat my own children,” Frazier said. “I might say some rough stuff, but when they walk out of here, they walk out with their heads up.”

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/05/13 - 07:41 pm
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I signed the petition

I signed the petition requesting GA be allowed to Secede.
It was more a protest to display dissatisfaction.
But none the less the White House rejected all 34 state Petitions.

The moral of the story we don't always get what we want.

Sometimes for very good reasons.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/05/13 - 07:42 pm
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BTW:

NOTHING and I do mean NOTHING

"... works 100 percent..."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/05/13 - 08:34 pm
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NocNoc, you are too much . . .

. . . too much truth, that is.

:-)

showboat
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showboat 05/05/13 - 08:41 pm
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woo! just got a letter from
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woo! just got a letter from the supt. in Jan 13,2013. Mr. Jackson must be a good friend of wayne. 200 signatures some are by students i bet!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/06/13 - 06:20 am
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maybe it was 99.7%...

and they rounded up, but his methods are more effective than anything else they've tried at that school...
well, except for him using banned words.
To the education establishment, speech crimes are the worst crimes.
Even worse than not educating...

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 05/06/13 - 08:01 am
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Not for everybody

Sure, Dr. Frazier helps some of those young men who would be prison statistics and that's a wonderful thing; however, the problem with him is that he doesn't know how to help the rest of the students who didn't come from such a tumultuous situation as he did. He often admits that he couldn't be a magnet school principal because he wouldn't know what to do with those students. Maybe he needs to develop his own program targeting hard case students with a staff of ex-Marines who could tolerate his brash demeanor.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/06/13 - 08:17 am
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Assignment

After reading the story and Cestlavie’s comment, it seems to me that Dr. Frazier is at the best work location at the alternative school. Glenn Hills High is a lost cause.

hoopshype
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hoopshype 05/06/13 - 09:06 am
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Glenn Hills High School is

Glenn Hills High School is not a lost cause bt far@Little Lamb..you should have been at Honors Day last week!!

David Parker
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David Parker 05/06/13 - 09:34 am
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SAMS Front and center! Come

SAMS Front and center! Come 'ere and sing the school Alma Mater!

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 05/06/13 - 09:43 am
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Sorry, LL, I disagree

Glenn Hills is not a lost cause. I think it would take a visionary leader who has an effective plan of action to turn the school around. Yes, the school's population has changed over the years, and the social issues surrounding it has to be addressed. It is a transient area; there are a good number of military kids there as well as a population of homeless and foster care students. But, for the most part, there are normal high school kids who simply need to have boundaries and structure. GH needs an experienced educator who is firm with discipline, yet allows teens to be teens, and understands how to be an effective administrator so that the faculty/staff are motivated to teach at a high standard.

The community also plays a part in this, as well. Though the school gets notoriety from the negative incidents in the news, there are some remarkable achievements that seem to get pushed into the shadows. For example, students from Glenn Hills represented the state of GA during an international scholastic competition a couple of years ago that barely made a blip on the radar screen:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-03-24/glenn-hills-high-win...

Everybody wants attention; for too many years attention has been given to GH for negativity. Administrators must play up the positive things to help create an atmosphere of hope that will motivate everyone to step up their game.

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/06/13 - 09:52 am
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Sounds to
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me as though the Glenn Hills and Richmond county community's need a lot of Mr. Fraziers. Don't allow Father's Day to be the most confusing day in the black neighborhoods.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/06/13 - 10:05 am
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honors program yeah the honor
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honors program yeah the honor students when put into a school like johnson/davidson would fall by the wayside, they are only "honors" due to grade inflation and social promotion. if they were so good why wasn't glenn hills not recognized by the agencies that rate high schools???

justus4
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justus4 05/06/13 - 11:23 am
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Dr Fraizer's reassignment
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Dr Fraizer's reassignment last year was a failure of leadership and vision. It reflects poorly on senior leadership at the RCBOE and, especially poorly on people of color, who allowed a valuable asset for young males of color to be reassigned because of personality conflicts. These young men of color, many have an extreme uphill battle just to be employed benefit greatly with life-skills from men who look like themselves. A female CAN'T do it! Again, just another pathetic example of so-called "leadership" in the development of young minority males which have done more harm than good - just to satisfy some inter-office squabbles. Think about the loss to those young men whose chances at success is already severely limited and restore this man to a position of influence where he can help those at-risk young men.

willie7
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willie7 05/06/13 - 11:35 am
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I suggest Dr. Frazier
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I suggest Dr. Frazier establish a charter school for students who come from dysfunctional homes or situations.

Concerned2007
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Concerned2007 05/06/13 - 11:36 am
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On The Inside Looking Out

All I can say about this subject is, if you were not in the school to see how it functioned while he was there, then you REALLY don't know what went on there. Trust me when I say this. There were days your mouth would have dropped to the floor when you heard how he spoke to his staff in front of parents. Oh and let me make sure to mention how he spoke to some parents. There were several occasions where he was out of line. But I will say this about him. When he was at Glenn Hills, you didn't see a lot of the kids cutting school. That was because he had teachers, who did not have classes, monitor the halls. I agree that there should be someone there that is very stern, but that person should also be very approachable. So to sum it all up. Yes he should be at Glenn Hills to put that authority back in that school, but the work environment needs to improve. Will I sign the petition to have him back at Glenn Hills.....YES I WOULD, but only if the work environment for the faculty and administration improved. (No I am not or ever was employed at Glenn Hills. Just a parent of a former student)

willie7
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willie7 05/06/13 - 11:37 am
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I suggest Dr. Frazier
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I suggest Dr. Frazier establish a charter school for students from dysfunctional homes or situations.

showboat
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showboat 05/06/13 - 12:34 pm
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Little lamb were did you go
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Little lamb were did you go to high school? I bet you were not an honor student, can tell by your comments. GH isn't a loss cause, just need to stop talking about all of the negative things, there are some good things happen at GH, some of u people should have been at honor day. Why the chornicle didn't show up to write a story about the honor day? choose to to write a story about Wayne Frazier, because he call one of his friend, to get a story about him in the paper. He will not be going back GH. Luckey if he will have a job in RC next year.

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