Superintendent Frank Roberson's contract up for renewal

Monday, July 22, 2013 8:05 PM
Last updated Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:59 AM
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The Richmond County Board of Education will wait until the 11th hour to determine whether to renew Su­per­intendent Frank Roberson’s contract.

A discussion on the issue is set to be added to the Aug. 20 meeting agenda, which is two days before Roberson’s three-year contract ends, board attorney Pete Fletcher said.

At least six of the 10 board members must cast an affirmative vote to keep Roberson as the district’s leader by renewing or extending his contract. If the board takes no action, or if five or fewer votes are cast in his favor, the contract will expire.

Several board members reached Monday would
not comment about the contract.

Roberson was hired Aug. 23, 2010, with the promise to lead Richmond County schools into a “world class” educational system. His early goals were to boost student achievement and expand the number of magnet programs in the district.

He fell ill six months later with complications from an arteriovenous malformation, an abnormal collection of blood vessels on the brain, and underwent emergency surgery.

Roberson was absent for 19 months while he recovered and returned to work part time in December 2011. He came back full time in September 2012, when his physician provided a right-to-work letter to the board.

Because of the timing of his illness and short period since his return, the board has conducted only one evaluation on Roberson – a process that is supposed to be performed annually, according to his contract.

Since his return in Sep­tem­ber, Roberson has dealt with a budget crisis, the state’s shift to a new teacher evaluation system and curriculum, and the implementation of a plan to better analyze student data, among other responsibilities.

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gaj265
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gaj265 07/22/13 - 08:24 pm
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Qualified Leader Needed

With all due respect to Dr. Roberson, we need a healthy, capable leader for our school system. Dr. Roberson has not been at full capacity since his illness and he does not have the strength to lead our Board of Education. This has gone on long enough. We appreciate everything that Dr. Roberson has done for our students. Now please open the application process up nationally, so that we can hopefully pick from a long list of highly qualified candidates.
On a side note, for God's sake, do not even consider bringing Dana Bedden back!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/22/13 - 09:43 pm
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Term

The smart thing to do at this late hour would be to change the contract from a three-year contract to a year-by-year contract.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/22/13 - 09:46 pm
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Why not?

The school system has an established record of paying for things that have no function.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 05:35 am
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And the beat goes on. The Mo Town beat goes on in ARC.
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And the beat goes on. The Mo Town beat goes on in ARC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 05:37 am
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Two wrongs don't make one right. Tokens, black or white
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Two wrongs don't make one right. Tokens, black or white

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 05:37 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 05:38 am
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We don't need qualified leaders, just a breathing human body
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We don't need qualified leaders, just a breathing human body

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 05:40 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 06:17 am
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tom31510
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tom31510 07/23/13 - 06:33 am
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One year contract

Way too often multi-year contracts end up being bought out at a tremendous cost to the organization involved. Mr. Robinson should have stepped aside when he became incapacitated so the school system could get on with business. How long would a teacher's job be held for them in a similar situation; and, would they be allowed to go back to the classroom when obviously not fully recovered.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/23/13 - 07:04 am
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Full steam ahead

Tough as nails type guy/gal....you need it Richmond county & ya dang well know it.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/23/13 - 07:07 am
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Is he now or Was he then qualified?

Ability.
That is the real question here.

If he can do the job now and accomplish what he promised when hired, then renew him for 18 months and let him prove it.

Otherwise, if he isn't up to the job, end the contract and watch the ADA lawsuits roll in.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/23/13 - 07:09 am
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He hasn't worked in Georgia

He hasn't worked in Georgia that long. I wonder what his retirement will be? Charles Larke gets close to 200,000 a year in retirement if I remember correctly.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/23/13 - 07:32 am
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59% graduation rate...

You will never get anyone worthwhile to come in here and straighten Larke's mess up. Unless you remove politics from the school system you will never get any better. Promotions handed out to unqualified persons based on cronyism or race will get you exactly what you have. A system that is run by people that cannot even speak proper english. The last time I stepped into a RC school I was embarassed that these people were educating our children.

allhans
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allhans 07/23/13 - 07:38 am
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Why has it been so hard to

Why has it been so hard to find a good superintendent?

dashiel
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dashiel 07/23/13 - 07:47 am
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Who you gon call?

It would take a jeweler and a HASMAT team to handle this one. We mustn't damage anyone's self-esteem, so let us continue to lavish praise (and taxpayer money) on the non-participants.

augrichgal
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augrichgal 07/23/13 - 08:14 am
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RCBOE needs change!

RCBOE needs change!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/23/13 - 08:57 am
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It would be wise

to extend his contract long enough to document performance. Otherwise, as someone pointed out, you are open for lawsuit.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/23/13 - 09:55 am
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'Why has it been so hard to

'Why has it been so hard to find a good superintendent?"

That is to be expected when you automatically exclude 78% of the population from serious consideration.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/23/13 - 10:07 am
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If RCBOE does opt to look again

I feel, serious consideration should be given to local area talent.

Outsiders have zero understanding of the educational issues faced by ARC.

Darby
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Darby 07/23/13 - 10:21 am
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@ itsanotherday1 - The legal challenges are

coming regardless. That's just the way business is done today.

Shakespeare was right about the lawyers.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/23/13 - 11:10 am
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When a school board doesn't

When a school board doesn't extend a contract, they are sending a clear message.

He doesn't have any recourse, it is perfectly legal to let a contract expire, that's what contracts are all about. After August 23, the RCBOE has no liability to him whatsoever.

There won't be anything to sue for, because no contract will be breached.

Whoever ran the district in his nearly 2-year absence should be offered the new contract, they have proven they can do it.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/23/13 - 11:22 am
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Absolutely right, Corgi

Tim Spivey probably is the very best guy for this job, if they don't renew with Robinson. Spivey has been here forever and knows from the ground up what this county school system is about. He also knows how to lead and doesn't put up with BS. He is firm, fair and forward thinking.

Spivey is the best option, and he's had quite a lot of experience running things while Robinson was recovering.

mrsbras
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mrsbras 07/23/13 - 11:59 am
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Tim spivey who

Dr Whittson ran this system down to the ground while Dr Roberson was sick.Tim Spivey leading this system is crazy you better check his creditals not enough in education to even to the job he has now.Research his scores when he was a principal.Looking locally could be good but it could be bad also.Bringing some who from outside is better who dont know nobody here but is all about the education the less they know about people here and the more they know about education the better off we will be.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/23/13 - 12:44 pm
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Columbia County has had good luck with promotions from

within in it's School Board. If Roberson is not renewed then why not look from within?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 07/23/13 - 03:47 pm
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@mrsbras

I don't know about Dr. Whitson, but amen on the rest.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/23/13 - 03:53 pm
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It is all for naught anyway

Unless and until things are addressed with the culture many of these students are raised in, no superintendent in the United States will make much of a difference.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/23/13 - 04:45 pm
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??

Based on mrsbras writing skills and grammar, I vote we go with her suggestions!

tom31510
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tom31510 07/23/13 - 05:18 pm
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RCBOE needs change

Change is part of the problem with education now. About every three years under-achieving school systems announce & implement some can't fail plan to fix all the problems. They throw new rhetoric & new names for the same old stuff as though it's a miracle cure. Then after the system doesn't work they blame the teachers & decide to find another new plan.
As far as Mr. Robinson is concerned, hasn't he already proved that he's willing to stay on the payroll without doing his job ; what incentive does he have to actually start working now?

noneofyourbusiness
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noneofyourbusiness 07/23/13 - 08:01 pm
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School system morale..

The powers that be on the BOE care about being re-elected and there are not enough Black members who have the courage to vote Roberson out. He is a sad shadow of a man and should not be allowed to serve our school system for another year. The school system is sinking into a level of diminishing returns and sadly Roberson will not admit his frailties and step down. It is the truest definition of insanity and a dereliction of the community's trust.

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