Angela Pringle selected as superintendent finalist by Richmond County Board of Education

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The Richmond County Board of Education on Monday chose Angela Pringle from DeKalb County, Ga., as its lone finalist to replace Frank Roberson as superintendent.

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After announcing the finalist, the board passed a motion to interview Pringle a second time before officially selecting her. The board must wait 14 days before making a final decision, beginning today.

If selected, Pringle will help manage 61 schools, oversee a budget of
$243 million and guide the instructional aspects of the school system.

Pringle has been Region 2 superintendent of the DeKalb County school district for the past four years and has worked for it since 2007, according to her application, managing a $7.7 million budget and overseeing 1,927 employees. Pringle said her salary was $119,000.

Pringle has worked in education since 1985. Before being selected as superintendent in DeKalb County, she opened and was the principal of Arabia Mount­ain
High School. She also was principal of Stephenson High School, which she said had 2,300 students and more than 130 administrators.

She also worked in the Gwinnett County school system, becoming principal of Meadowcreek High School and Norcross Elementary School before acting as the school system’s human resource director.

She also worked as a math teacher and principal in the Danville public school system in Virginia.

In an education philosophy portion of her application, Pringle wrote that she believed a school system can be successful only if it incorporates the “uniqueness” of each individual it serves, and works to find and keep skilled employees.
“I believe that every student is a unique individual who deserves access to a secure, caring and engaging learning environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially,” Pringle said in her essay.

In 2013, the DeKalb County school district’s chief operating officer, Pat Reid, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering and theft for manipulating school construction contracts. Former Super­intendent Crawford Lewis is still embroiled in legal action surrounding his alleged involvement with Reid.

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like-it-is
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like-it-is 08/04/14 - 07:43 pm
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okie dokie

Seen as tho Ms. Pringle has had many Jobs under her belt. Maybe this one will go under her belt too after she work under that group at the BOE of Augusta

grovetownman
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grovetownman 08/04/14 - 08:23 pm
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What happens if she says no?
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What happens if she says no? Should have hired from within. Spivey would have been a great fit.

Esctab
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Esctab 08/04/14 - 08:26 pm
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Meh...

And, so if she is the lone finalist ... what is the purpose of interviewing her again??.... So GRUish.....

Good luck Richmond County.....

KSL
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KSL 08/04/14 - 08:49 pm
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Hasn't Dekalb had its own

Hasn't Dekalb had its own problems?

showboat
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showboat 08/04/14 - 09:08 pm
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She was under investigation
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She was under investigation as a senior administrator in DeKalb. Did the Richmond County Board of Education do a back ground check?

bright idea
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bright idea 08/04/14 - 10:44 pm
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130 administrators

at Stephenson HS? 130 D1 football prospects maybe but not administrators.

DSW2Contributor
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DSW2Contributor 08/04/14 - 11:44 pm
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Greetings from Dekalb County

Hi everyone, if you would like to know the real story about the school district that Ms. Pringle is coming from check out the "Dekalb School Watch 2" blog (http://dekalbschoolwatch.com).

Also read the Atlanta Journal Constitution's past articles about Dekalb County Schools -- there have been lots of them. Earlier this evening the AJC posted an article on its website titled "DeKalb school officials admit overspending millions on lawyers". I imagine that story will be printed in tomorrow's newspaper.

Back in January, the big news was that the Dekalb County Schools had been taken off probation and are they are now on "warned" status with the accrediting agency:
http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2014/jan/21/dekalb-learns-accred...

DSW2Contributor
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DSW2Contributor 08/04/14 - 11:54 pm
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Teachers are fleeing Dekalb County Schools

Between May 28 and July 2, 2014 SIX HUNDRED and EIGHTY-EIGHT (688) Dekalb TEACHERS QUIT their jobs.

All of these resignations are documented by the Dekalb County School District’s monthly Human Resources Reports. These reports are provided to the school board and are posted on the DCSD website.

The June 2014 report says 16 teachers resigned, the July 2014 report says 490 teachers resigned, and the August report says another 182 teachers resigned.

16 + 490 + 182 == 688

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/04/14 - 11:57 pm
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@wcr250 1) Do you live in

@wcr250
1) Do you live in Richmond County?
2) Did you apply for the job? If not, why not?

I looked at the applicant's photo and I do not know if she is a "minority" or just well tanned like some I see at the beach. In any event, that would not be my first concern. But leave it to some people to make everything about a characteristic that should be the least important.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/05/14 - 12:05 am
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Okay, DeKalb County has had

Okay, DeKalb County has had some issues. Unless I learn otherwise, I think it rather unfair to indict this applicant and all other educators from that system.

By that standard, no one who ever worked for CCBOE during Linda Schrenko's tenure, or who worked for Columbia County while Kay Allen served, should be considered for employment elsewhere.

That is ludicrous.

maandpa
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maandpa 08/05/14 - 06:02 am
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Good Luck

I am not going to dig up the dirt on the woman. I am only going to wish her luck...lots of luck...because she will need it.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/05/14 - 06:04 am
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I wonder if that poor woman

I wonder if that poor woman knows what she's getting into.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/05/14 - 06:17 am
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All Politically PLANTED comments aside

Any person having successfully handled the superintendent position of the DeKalb County school district for the past four years, dealt with the $$$$, Politics, and educational issues, along with DeKalb's given demographics and economic issues. I would say, is a viable candidate for RCBOE.

Having been surrounded by political sewage and corruption and never charged of any Criminal and Money drain issues is a BIG PLUS.

Especially given some of the things kept under the rug in Augusta, over the years.

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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 06:47 am
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Coming from DeKalb county--- heh

The woman will be perfect for Richmond county...you can say...been there, done that!

Really, she knows what to expect. Good luck to her.

showboat
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showboat 08/05/14 - 08:01 am
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Cain, i need the community to
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Cain, i need the community to support the board! You guys select someone from a bad school system and now you want support, what a joke, Mrs. Cain!!!!!

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 08/05/14 - 08:35 am
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wcr250

she is white!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/05/14 - 08:36 am
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If she has been working in a

If she has been working in a troubled system, maybe she's more qualified for the job. The main thing I'm worried about is the disparity in the amount of money she will be handling. Isn't she going to be handling multiple millions more in Richmond County than in DeKalb? Or is it the opposite?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 08:49 am
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Some are in jail--some might be going soon..

On December 17, 2012, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had downgraded the DeKalb County School District's status from "on advisement" to "on probation" and warned the school system that the loss of their accreditation was "imminent."[5]

On January 21, 2014, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that it had upgraded the DeKalb County School District's status from "probation" to "accredited warned" which is below full accreditation status.[6] Former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis was indicted in 2012, along with former DeKalb County Schools Chief Operating Officer Pat Pope, and others, on criminal charges related to a school construction scandal. The indictment listed four counts of racketeering, as well as theft by taking and bribery.[7]
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Too many problems to even post on here.....what a freaking shame that the students suffer because of these misdeeds....I'm hoping she can help Richmond county...we know how much work it will take & maybe she is up to the job.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 08:55 am
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ALeaves

DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 691,893, making it the third-most populous county in Georgia. Its county seat is Decatur

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/05/14 - 10:00 am
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Tell Y'all One Thing

I can tell y'all one thing. DeKalb County Jail is no place to be. Been there.

DSW2Contributor
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DSW2Contributor 08/05/14 - 10:23 am
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List of Dekalb County Schools that Ms. Pringle supervise

You are getting a competent administrator. She is not great, but there are far worse administrators in Dekalb.

The Dekalb County School District is divided into five regions. Here's the webpage that shows which schools are in which region -- you can see which schools Ms. Pringle supervises:
http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/superintendent/assistants

If you google the individual schools that are in Region 2, you won't find many bad news stories about those schools. Sadly, not having many bad things happen at your schools is an accomplishment in Dekalb.

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DSW2Contributor 08/05/14 - 10:27 am
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To seenitB4: Dekalb

To seenitB4: Dekalb County's Superintendent of Schools is Michael Thurmond, the former state Labor Commissioner. He has no educational experience, is working under a provisional educators certificate, and was hired by the former school board a few weeks before the majority of them were removed from office by Nathan Deal.

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DSW2Contributor 08/05/14 - 10:29 am
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To wcr250: Actually, she is

To wcr250: Actually, she is black.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/05/14 - 12:43 pm
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Ms. Pringle:

1. You'll be sorrrrreeeeee......!
2. Notice how lots of posters on here are trying to put your photo under a microscope to determine if you are black or white. Unfortunately, that is all too many people in the CSRA care about. To navigate between the opposing camps, just smile enigmatically and maintain a dignified silence on the issue. Personally I have concluded, after careful study of your photo, that you are a Portuguese Eskimo. I don't care what race you are, just do the job well.
3. Do you have a "chip" on your shoulder? Do you have a "canned" response to this question? Heh, heh. Does anyone here not get the awful pun on her last name?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/14 - 10:36 am
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DSW2

I live in Gwinnett....I have been reading the daily reports on DeKalb schools....believe me, I know where they have been. The AJC has written many articles on the happenings...& it has been sad to read them.

I can't really blame a teacher for leaving this system...we have teachers in this family & we hear all sides.

Darby
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Darby 08/05/14 - 11:11 am
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"she is white!"

Maybe, maybe not....

I'd rather read a post that says.....
"She is very highly qualified!"

And maybe one that says....
"She WILL return our school system to the basics and prohibit ANY AND ALL politically correct or politically oriented teachings."

ProfessorK
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ProfessorK 08/05/14 - 11:48 am
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Dr. Pringle

She's clearly the most qualified candidate if she is the only one they want to bring back for another interview. Hopefully our elected officials have done what we have tasked them with, namely to find us an effective leader for our schools. On the matter of race, it shouldn't be a concern or even a consideration for the position. Dr. Pringle is black, I've met her, but why does that matter when we really should be looking at ability?

KSL
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KSL 08/05/14 - 12:04 pm
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Like the voters did with

Like the voters did with Obama?

KSL
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KSL 08/05/14 - 12:14 pm
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Part of the solution or part of the problem?

My husband was associated with a firm that did not want any work for the Dekalb County School System.

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