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Former Richmond County schools superintendent Dana Bedden resigns from Texas position

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 8:36 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 4, 2013 3:07 AM
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Former Richmond County schools Superintendent Dana Bed­den has resigned as superintendent of Irving Independent School District in Texas, where he worked since leaving Augusta in 2010.

Dana Bedden will continue to be paid through September.  FILE/THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
FILE/THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Dana Bedden will continue to be paid through September.

The Irving Board of Education reached an agreement on Monday with Bedden through a 6-0 vote that allows the board “to pursue a different philosophical direction for the district,” according to a statement on its Web site.

According to reports from The Dallas Morning News, Bedden will use nearly 60 available leave days and continue to be paid through September on his $248,000 annual salary. The district will pay Bedden a buyout of $261,000 after Sept. 20 on the condition that he has not secured another high-level education job elsewhere.

If Bedden is named as a finalist for a position such as a superintendent or assistant superintendent in another district before Sept. 20, he will lose the buyout, the newspaper reported.

Bedden earned praise in Irving after he was hired in 2010 for his leadership through budget cuts from the state and changes in testing. He also expanded the school district’s existing dual language program, which benefited the majority Hispanic students – 40 percent of whom are English learners.

However, as the makeup of the board members changed through election cycles, support for Bedden waned. The newspaper reported that only one firm Bedden supporter remains on the board. The others blamed him for overspending, low morale, and dissatisfaction with his expansion of the Spanish instruction and overall curriculum.

He was a finalist for the Wake County, N.C., superintendent job in May but did not land the position.

Bedden came to Richmond County in 2007 and has been credited for making the school system more progressive in regards to technology, accountability and student achievement.

Although he said in previous interviews his intention was to remain in Augusta for the long term, Bedden severed ties with Richmond County after a disagreement about performance pay. The board offered a $15,000 supplement contingent on Bedden meeting certain goals. Bedden requested the pay be included in his new contract regardless of performance, along with an additional $15,000 that would be paid once all workers’ furlough cuts were restored, according to previous reports in The Augusta Chronicle.

Bedden said later he was only asking to be compensated with a salary comparable to other superintendents in Georgia.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/03/13 - 08:59 pm
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To be frank -

does anyone care?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/03/13 - 10:35 pm
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From the story . . .

it sounds like Bedden expects to get performance bonuses every year regardless of whether he meets agreed-upon performance goals.

Fred (What, me worry?) Russell operates on much the same expectation.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 09:18 pm
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Don't even think IT.

Don't even think IT.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/04/13 - 12:46 am
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One of many reasons

why I sent my kids to good private schools.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/04/13 - 05:42 am
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Education has a Price.

In my old field of work we called this bonus shopping and we quickly weeded out such applicants.

This may rub some wrong, but RC-BOE does not need the BEST in America. It just needs stable, long term, proven track record, inventive, whole picture minded Administration leadership.

This talent we have plenty of here in the CSRA, so why not use it?

Remember, the more we pay 1 imported re-tread, the less we have to pay others without a tax hike or budget cuts.

The ARC Cow (Taxpayer) is drying up, and "Affordable" needs to be the watch word.

class1
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class1 07/04/13 - 06:02 am
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Lots of talent in our own community.

Next time RCBOE needs to promote from within their ranks!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/04/13 - 06:12 am
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Benefit the majority of the students? No way?

One day in the not too distant future the residents of Texas will be pushing out superintendents for spending too much on English instruction.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/04/13 - 06:29 am
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RCBOE will never have a

RCBOE will never have a person amoung their ranks who will have the required leadership position qulifications because they don't have fair hiring practices when they promote people to Leadership positions. It is all about who you know and whose behind you have kissed to get there.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 07/04/13 - 07:20 am
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What a loser

He was a loser here, he was a loser there & he'll be a loser at the next place that hires him. Too many BOEs are only interested in skin colar not real qualifications.

allhans
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allhans 07/04/13 - 08:06 am
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How long has it been since

How long has it been since Richmond County had a good superintendent?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/04/13 - 08:21 am
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The term
Unpublished

progressive automatically turns me off.

laro247
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laro247 07/04/13 - 09:28 am
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Look at those dollar figures.

Look at those dollar figures. This might explain why virtually every form of government is broke. It's easy to throw other peoples money away.

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 10:20 am
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Can this guy keep a job

anywhere????????????

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 10:27 am
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And as usual....

...the taxpayer takes it in the tuckus.

But that's alright, it's only money. We earn it, they spend it...

Nothing ever really changes..

my.voice
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my.voice 07/04/13 - 10:53 am
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Why did this make the local

Why did this make the local news? Who cares what the school board in Texas is doing?

DEP928
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DEP928 07/04/13 - 12:40 pm
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WHO CARES

Who cares - the guy was a loser here and a loser there.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/04/13 - 01:30 pm
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Bedden

I do not necessarily have a dog in this fight; however, before you all go ballistic regarding Bedden, you may want to read the local news from the IRVING School district. Not just from July 1 to today, but from the time he was appointed there. I have been following it since Dr. Bedden left RCSS. Let's just say things are not always what they appear at first glance.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/04/13 - 02:14 pm
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Ok, TruthMatters...

I'll bite. Just how were things at second, third and fourth glance in Irving, TX, with Dana Bedden?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 04:37 pm
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Welcome Back DEP928

I've often wondered where you have been for almost 2 years. Like your new name.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/04/13 - 05:05 pm
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@Fiat_Lux

Open your browser, type in "google" and you know the rest.
I am passing no judgement; just thought I would say that there is plenty to read on the subject if one is interested. And as usual people can draw their own conclusion__some already have and it may not change. So be it; end of story.

A safe July 4th to all.

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 08:47 pm
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"Who cares what the school board in Texas

is doing?"

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Only those who adhere to the old adage that "What is past is prologue"

counselorwhosesalarywascut
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counselorwhosesalarywascut 07/06/13 - 03:10 pm
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One of the first and most

One of the first and most cruel decisions that Dr. Bedden made upon becoming the Richmond County Superintendant was to harshly reduce high school counselors' salary (extended day pay) while they continued to work night and day...weekends and all summer long. I am like Ceilie from the Color Purple..."Until you"... [find it in your heart to realize that what you did to counselors was extremely cruel]..."everything you even think about gonna fail!"

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