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Richmond County school board forgives missed days

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:24 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:50 AM
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Never mind.

Richmond County Board of Education Superintendent Frank Roberson (left) talks during a meeting Tuesday.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Richmond County Board of Education Superintendent Frank Roberson (left) talks during a meeting Tuesday.

The Richmond County Board of Education voted Tuesday to scrap a decision requiring students and employees to make up three of the six school days lost to winter weather.

The board voted March 3 to use March 17, a furlough day; March 22, a Saturday; and April 18, Good Friday, as makeup days for instruction.

However, board members acted without realizing more than 300 Richmond County teachers were registered for an all-day training event at Georgia Regents University on March 22, the majority of whom were required by the district to attend.

Augusta Technical College is also holding its annual early childhood education conference for about 400 educators from across the state that day.

Because of the low attendance also projected for students and staff March 17 and April 18, the board voted to forgive the days without penalty.

Board member Jimmy Atkins scolded “the administration” for not being aware of the Saturday training before proposing the makeup dates and demanded the board never again be put in a position to reverse a decision made a week prior.

“I’m tired as an elected official of being made to look like a fool because administration did not do their homework,” Atkins said. “I cannot believe that at that time (March 3) somebody did not know about the conference going on at GRU and speak up.”

The State Board of Education last month approved a resolution that gave school districts the option of making up snow days and straying from the 180-day calendar.

However, with four instructional days and five employee work days already lost to furloughs, board member Helen Minchew said she feared forgiving the snow days could affect achievement.

“Our students will just have to hopefully be prepared to take their tests and hopefully pass,” she said.

Board attorney Pete Fletcher said the Department of Audits released informal guidance indicating school districts would not be penalized for paying employees for days they did not work because of inclement weather.

Georgia law has a provision against gratuities, or paying employees for time they did not work, but the unprecedented weather and missed days posed a remarkable situation, Fletcher said.

The board also had to adopt a policy amendment Tuesday stating any days missed because of school closings that were not required to be made up will be without financial penalty.

“It may be the only time we ever use this, but it needs to be passed,” Fletcher said.

Superintendent Frank Roberson said because some teachers were required to work Feb. 17, which was later forgiven by the state, principals will be advised on how to compensate them for their work.

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raul
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raul 03/11/14 - 09:45 pm
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Given RC testing scores and

Given RC testing scores and graduation rate, it wouldn't make any difference either way.

fedex227
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fedex227 03/11/14 - 09:59 pm
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Of course ...
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that's one way to do it.

showboat
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showboat 03/11/14 - 10:18 pm
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THESE PEOPLE MAKE ALL OF THIS
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THESE PEOPLE MAKE ALL OF THIS MONEY AND NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THIS WORK SHOP. SOME HEADS NEED TO ROLL!!!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/11/14 - 11:20 pm
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"Given RC testing scores and

"Given RC testing scores and graduation rate, it wouldn't make any difference either way."

Consider the source.

countyman
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countyman 03/11/14 - 11:34 pm
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The most vocal people were

The most vocal people were the one's against the previous dates and the RCBOE should be commended.

The graduation rate of Richmond County in the last few years has increased faster than many surrounding counties..

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 03/12/14 - 02:02 am
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lol

Everyone I know who has a good job is moving out of Richmond County. Detroit look out here comes Augusta and the new Mayor.

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 03/12/14 - 06:55 am
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Race to the Bottom

A few days are not going to make a significant difference in the ongoing competition with South Carolina to graduate the most unemployable dummies.
I ask candidates two questions right off the bat:
"Did you graduate high school?"
"Can you read?"
The number of people that can only say yes to one of the questions is obscene.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:36 am
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Voted without realizing. Standard Operating Procedures in ARC.
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Voted without realizing. Standard Operating Procedures in ARC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:37 am
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The was a very popular set of movies related to this theme.
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The was a very popular set of movies related to this theme.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:38 am
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Madness, Anarchy and Chaos. The New Age Trio.
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Madness, Anarchy and Chaos. The New Age Trio.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:39 am
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ARC legal team. Willie Cheatem, Hedid Cheatem and Ben Dover.
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ARC legal team. Willie Cheatem, Hedid Cheatem and Ben Dover.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/12/14 - 08:51 am
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Next week's class for education "leaders":

"How to organize a two-car funeral".
Pathetic.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/12/14 - 08:51 am
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So all that RCBOE rhetoric

So all that RCBOE rhetoric about the kids needed the additional time in school etc. was...?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/12/14 - 09:54 am
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Look Like A Fool?

School board trustee Jimmy Atkins has given us a rare, candid look at how a school board functions. He blames the Administration for suggesting a make-up date on which some teachers were supposed to attend some continuing training.

What he is demonstrating is that the school board merely rubber stamps whatever the administration puts before it. He is showing that the school board does not engage in any fact-finding, research, or sanity checking.

They look like fools because they do foolish things.

countyman
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countyman 03/12/14 - 11:25 am
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Lol

There's obviously several people with good jobs moving to and living in Richmond County.

Whole Foods, Home Goods, DSW, Cabelas, outlet mall, H&M, etc is under way in Richmond County??

Starbucks plant, Cyber Command, Rockwood plant, Augusta Renewable Energy, etc underway in the county?

Hello to Seattle, Raleigh, and Austin here comes Augusta...

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/12/14 - 04:51 pm
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DAYS
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The results being so great at the RC schools why on earth would anyone think additional education would be needed. Why do they even bother to educate them in the first place?

Butterman
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Butterman 03/12/14 - 04:51 pm
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And here come the lists...
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didn't take countyman long to whip out his lists of chain stores. My question is what does any of that have to do with this article?

boodroe
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boodroe 03/12/14 - 06:47 pm
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Forgiving storm days

Isn't the superintendents responsibility to inform the school trustees if any conflicts with proposed makeup dates?

catfish20
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catfish20 03/12/14 - 08:25 pm
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Looking like a fool.

You clowns rant on and on about holding the administration accountable and when someone(Atkins) does in a public forum...which I might add is highly unusual... you rag them out for that.
Give me a break....

class1
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class1 03/13/14 - 12:26 pm
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About time

Until the county fixes it discipline, the extra days would not have made a difference in the test scores.

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