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Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:50 PM
Last updated Friday, April 4, 2014 12:27 AM
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In a move pitched as a strategy toward boosting student achievement across the district, the Richmond County Board of Education replaced six principals at a called board meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Frank Roberson said all the schools are ones that needed a change in leadership to help move the schools forward.

“We’re trying to put people in the best places for them to have as much success as possible,” he said. “We know we have to have the right set of leadership in the school houses to do that.”

All the employees will take on their new roles at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year:

• Butler High School Principal Greg Thompson was named principal at Tubman Education Center.

• District Director of Curriculum and Instruction Stacey Mabray was named principal of Butler.

• District Mathematics Coordinator Shelly Allen was named director of curriculum and instruction.

• Tobacco Road Elementary School Prinicipal Geoclyn Williams was named Freedom Park School principal.

• Freedom Park Principal Pauline Andrews was named Sego Middle School principal.

• Hephzibah Middle School Principal Larina Thomas was named principal of Hephzibah High School.

• Hephzibah High Principal Walter Reeves was moved to the Title I department.

• Garrett Elementary School Principal Doug Frierson was named principal of Hephzibah Middle.

Board member Jimmy Atkins said the changes are taking place at schools that needed special attention and a change in leadership to reach their full potential. He said board members asked Roberson to bring recommendations forward that he and his cabinet felt were appropriate for each school.

“We want to see the school system move forward,” he said. “Some of them have a lot more potential than what the current principals were able to deliver.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/03/14 - 09:01 pm
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Wow! Many changes.

Wow! Many changes.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/03/14 - 09:28 pm
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Fruit basket turnover! When

Fruit basket turnover! When you don't know what else to do, fruit basket turnover!
Don't get me wrong, I sure hope for positive results, but weren't all these people put in their previous positions because they were thought the best choices for those spots? Oh, well, life is sometimes about changes...or turnovers!

corgimom
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corgimom 04/03/14 - 09:50 pm
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Those principals needed a

Those principals needed a break, whatever they get paid, it isn't enough.

They move the high school principals around because that resets the clock on the needs improvement deadlines.

However, my sincere sympathies to Greg Thompson who is now principal of Tubman Reformatory.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 04/03/14 - 09:59 pm
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Are you kidding me. Just move

Are you kidding me. Just move principals from school to school without firing the ones that were already there. What a joke!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/03/14 - 10:04 pm
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Could be 7 with the Laney

Could be 7 with the Laney news.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/03/14 - 10:19 pm
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Gone?

The way the story reads, no principal lost his/her job. They just moved around. That's not going to help.

pja5529
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pja5529 04/04/14 - 12:15 am
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Promotions

It looked like a couple were promoted from elementary to middle or middle to high. Some were from being principals to other positions...were they promotions?

Needless to say the problem really isn't the principals but the lack of parental involvement.

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 04/04/14 - 12:31 am
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Seems like Dr. Mason and Dr.

Seems like Dr. Mason might be out soon and Dr. Wayne Frazier will be looking for a new job. And that is long past due. Reeves will do better outside of the school environment -- Dr. Mabry and Shelly should do excellent jobs in their new positions. Great way to leave, Dr. Roberson; wish you could have stayed to shake up more in RCSS.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 04/04/14 - 05:20 am
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Allen needs to retire and

Allen needs to retire and Stacy Mabry wasn't in a classroom long enough before she got booted to the Science Coordinator position. These were moves made during the Larke years. To be moved from coordinator at the palace to a school is actually a demotion if you ask me. I feel sorry for those teachers because good principals need real classroom experience and she has very little of it. I saw way too many young black females over ten years ago get positions that many seasoned RCBOE were passed over for. It was just one more reason to leave on top of the dozen of other reasons.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/04/14 - 06:30 am
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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

keeps those heads a rolling .............
Personnel shifts are normal.
But at least RCBOE is trying to adjust and solve.

The problems faced by RCBOE in my opinion are:
* Demographics - Face it, the cream fled the County or moved to the areas Private Schools. We are left with historically documented less educated parents and their kids.

* Lack of permitted Discipline of students to mange Street savvy students.

* A pay scale to attract better teachers or at lest to pay off their student loans after tenure plus 4 years.

*The need to QUIT hiring high price outside non-ARC
Superintendents. Start looking at ARC Senior Principles for the
position.

* Parents whining about every nit picking little thing and not facing the fact they need to demand more of their their kids to learn.

* A Educational Policy that understands some will and must be left behind in order to better educate those that can and are willing to learn.

* The whole concept of a School police force, instead of being arrested for violating crimes on School Grounds. This includes the 2nd Chance school that put all the THUGS together.

TellTheLordThankYou
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TellTheLordThankYou 04/04/14 - 06:48 am
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Stacey Mabray

I have not worked with Greg Thompson and do not know the particulars of why he was transferred. Dr. Mabray was an exceptional biology teacher at Butler for many years. She would get the struggling students , not the AP, and they would make significant gains with many passing the science portion of the graduation test. She was one of the few teachers at BHS that spent countless hours preparing , planning, and executing both in the classroom and in support of extra curricular activities. Her knowledge of teaching and learning (and tutoring Larke's son to finally pass the GHSGT) landed her the job in curriculum. She has the skills, knowledge, and passion to transform the school culture and move Butler forward. Although her blood is red, she bleeds black and gold! I wish her, the students, faculty, and parents all the best!

corgimom
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corgimom 04/04/14 - 07:36 am
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You could not pay me enough

You could not pay me enough to be the principal of a school.

Crazy kids, crazy parents, crazy teachers, crazy bosses, all day, every day.

dsmith46
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dsmith46 04/04/14 - 08:09 am
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nocnoc

Read what you write and correct your grammer. It is not "a" Educational Policy, it is "an" Educational Policy. Also, by definition, a policy cannot "understand" anything by it's very nature.

raul
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raul 04/04/14 - 08:12 am
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As some posters stated above,

As some posters stated above, moving the problem around doesn't address the problem.

settingtherecordstraight
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settingtherecordstraight 04/04/14 - 08:47 am
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Stacey Mabray is the right

Stacey Mabray is the right leader for the job! She is an amazing educator, genuine and sharp! She understand what it takes to be effective. Butler really did just hit the jackpot! Good luck Dr. Mabray!

In other news, the board really should look at changing leadership at T.W. Josey. Everything has went down and their education is really a joke. It seems leadership only cares about "looking" good and not about the future of their students. They have graduating seniors who can't read or write and right sizing will only make it worse. Ijs.......

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 04/04/14 - 09:00 am
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Glenn Hills, Laney and Josey

Glenn Hills, Laney and Josey need more attention than any of the Hephzibah schools.

Dr. Frazier will be demoted....only because he is the Joe Clark of Richmond County.

Mabry and Allen are GREAT people. They will keep the county moving forward.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/04/14 - 09:06 am
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"Moving the problem around

"Moving the problem around doesn't address the problem..."

Ok, let's change the scenario. Highly acclaimed teacher has a class full of unmotivated students with absent parents. Test scores for that teacher's class are rock bottom. Teacher is moved to another school where her students are motivated, working towards college and have parents who are concerned with and involved in their education. Test scores for the SAME teacher's class are now some of the highest in the area.

How is this scenario with the principals any different than the one I described above with a teacher? The quality of performance of a job in ANY collaborative environment like a school is NEVER solely dependent upon the skills and talents of one individual. It takes the entire group working together to make that happen. Perhaps the rest of the staff, the students, and the faculty at these schools did not mesh as well as expected with the former administrators. Just because they were not the right fit for the school they were placed in originally does not mean they aren't the right fit for ANY of them.

I'm not defending the job any of them were doing at their soon-to-be former positions, but the comments about needing to just get rid of them instead are rather premature given the presented facts.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/04/14 - 09:15 am
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I don't know anything about

I don't know anything about any of these folks...but on the surface this sounds like an exercise in rotating positions in a circular firing squad. Trying to look like they are doing something but keeping the same shooters. If you want to shake things up then somebody needs to go out the door.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/04/14 - 09:41 am
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Why move the Garrett

Why move the Garrett Principal now? When they are combining that school in 2 years with National Hills.?

countyman
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countyman 04/04/14 - 10:33 am
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Sky is still here

The main problem with the RCBOE and Richmond County in general is the ability to look out for yourself.. The media will always have a local bias against Richmond County and the county must create their own identity. Please stop worrying about the surrounding counties and create your own personality. The number #1 priority is the success of Richmond County and then metro Augusta/CSRA. Provide incentives for living in Richmond County and put 100% into making Richmond County better.

Let's start hiring more people with something to actually lose.. 90% to 95% of the principals should live in Richmond County and have kids in the public school system. Why did the RCBOE hire many principals in the past who have nothing to lose? They live in the surrounding counties and sometimes their kids go to school in the nearby county.

The next superintendent must be energetic and should come from outside the metro/CSRA(a much larger city or at least somewhere with 250,000).. The superintendent having multiple school age children would be even better. The next person in charge must create a better overall environment and lure better candidates to run for the school board.

Another problem with the RCBOE consist of letting people(mainly from outside RC) generalizing the entire system and create the image. All of the urban counties in Georgia have single parent homes, poverty, etc similar to Richmond county.

They definitely need to a better job in terms of media relations and get their own image out into the public. Please hire additional teachers from outside the CSRA and everybody should be fired if schools like Westside, Hephzibah, Cross Creek, or ARC don't continue to make rapid changes for the better.

edcushman
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edcushman 04/04/14 - 10:18 am
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The schools have steadily
Unpublished

The schools have steadily gone down since the idiot Carter started the department of education. Look what the federal gov't has done for our schools so just think what it will do for our healthcare. I ask my eye doctor how Obamacare was treating him and his reply was 'like a baby treats a diaper'.

edcushman
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edcushman 04/04/14 - 10:24 am
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"I think you need to hire
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"I think you need to hire more people with something to lose.. 90% to 95% of the principals should live in Richmond County and have kids in the public school system. Why are we hiring principals who have nothing to lose? They live in the surrounding."
I would not want a principal dumb enough to live in RC.

countyman
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countyman 04/04/14 - 10:42 am
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Example

''The schools have steadily gone down since the idiot Carter started the department of education.''

This is a prime example of the statements the RCBOE can't allow to gain steam.. They definitely have much to accomplish, but the graduation rate has increased faster since 2011 compared to many surrounding counties..

''I would not want a principal dumb enough to live in RC.'''

Another reason why the RCBOE needs to focus on Richmond County and then worry about metro Augusta.

Let's concentrate on making Richmond County the best county in Georgia and then worry about bringing additional jobs, industry, etc in the CSRA.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/04/14 - 10:50 am
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Um, how about they start

Um, how about they start hiring QUALIFIED people to begin with, not all the relatives, church buddies, etc. of those incompetent ones already there. The BOE is RIFE with nepotism, moreso than even RC Govt.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/04/14 - 11:48 am
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To My WordSmith

Thank you
You for citing my grammatical errors.
I can assure you and others, I will make more.

BTW:
Check your message for possible grammatical issues also.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/04/14 - 04:02 pm
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Really?

the graduation rate has increased faster since 2011 compared to many surrounding counties..well it couldn't get much worse...the only way was up...I question a board that moves a failure from one job to the same at another place....if I have a pitcher that can't pitch he isn't gonna pitch better by moving him to a different ball field...I think the whole thing needs reworking...starting with the board!!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 04/04/14 - 06:10 pm
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This is ridiculous. There is

This is ridiculous. There is no geographical cure. If they lacked the ability to bring the school they were assigned to the set standard of achievement how well can they be expected to perform in another school? Or is the Board of Education so inept that they've made success impossible for them to achieve in any school?

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Pops 04/04/14 - 07:24 pm
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I don't understand

All the problems will be solved if we can do some forced busing of students out of their neighborhoods into other schools. This works wonders....I was told that in the early 70's........the situation here in Richmond County man was something...turned this little area into one that was previously internationally unknown, into one that was plastered all over the papers in the state. But it did fix all the problems in the school system.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/04/14 - 07:04 pm
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You may want to critique your own post

I wonder who brought dsmith46's grammer into this thread? Is their grammer a principal or curriculum director?

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