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Angela Pringle selected as Richmond County schools superintendent in 7-2 vote

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 11:34 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 12:36 AM
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The Richmond County board of education selected Angela Pringle as their next superintendent Tuesday, officially ending their search just days before current superintendent Frank Roberson leaves his office.

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The Richmond County Board of Education votes to select Angela Pringle as the next Richmond County school superintendent.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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The Richmond County Board of Education votes to select Angela Pringle as the next Richmond County school superintendent.

The board took a roll call vote to approve Pringle’s selection, which passed 7-2. Board members Alex Howard and Jack Padgett were the only board members present to vote against Pringle’s hiring. Board member Frank Dolan did not attend the meeting.

Pringle has been working in the DeKalb County school system since 2007, beginning as a high school principal and working her way up to Region 2 superintendent in 2010. As a superintendent, she has overseen 18,000 students in 23 elementary schools, three middle schools, five high schools and two alternative programs. She has managed a $7.7 million budget and 1,927 employees.

Board Chair Venus Cain said the next step in the process would be for board attorney Pete Fletcher to negotiate a contract with Pringle. If Pringle does not accept the position before Roberson steps down on Friday, deputy superintendent Tim Spivey will act as interim superintendent until the position is filled.

Cain said she felt “very good” about Pringle’s selection, and said based on experience level and the past work she did for DeKalb County, she was the best candidate for the job.

“She understands how to gather and use data to adjust curriculum for the better and help better school systems,” Cain said. “She’s also shown that she knows how to incorporate community leaders, chambers, local businesses and other institutions into her plans, which is very important.”

Board Vice Chair Helen Minchew also said Pringle’s experience best qualified her to assume the superintendent position.

“I think she’s very well qualified based on her application documents and the people I have talked to,” Minchew said. “We’ve had people call us from DeKalb County and tell us that she is a fine person. I’ve looked at things on the Internet and tried to examine her background as best as I could. Based on all of that, I think she will be an asset to our system.”

For Padgett, though, Pringle’s experience was too limited for the role.

“I didn’t want to hire someone without previous superintendent experience,” Padgett said. “There were some other minor concerns for me, but that was the major one. I think we need a superintendent that is at least not a beginner, especially since we have a large school system.”

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AFjoe
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AFjoe 08/19/14 - 12:21 pm
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She's everything they wanted

& a bag of chips to boot!
Good luck...coming from the outside RCBOE. The honeymoon should last about 9 months.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/19/14 - 12:26 pm
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She is sitting in the catbird

She is sitting in the catbird seat, she can pretty much demand any salary that she wants.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/19/14 - 12:27 pm
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This just speaks to the total

This just speaks to the total incompetence of the RCBOE, that they would only pick one finalist for consideration.

bright idea
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bright idea 08/19/14 - 12:58 pm
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"She's also shown

that she knows how to incorporate community leaders," In other words she will let us micromanage the schools.

showboat
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showboat 08/19/14 - 01:12 pm
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What does MRS CAIN KNOW ABOUT
Unpublished

What does MRS CAIN KNOW ABOUT COLLECTION DATA AND CURRICULUM? TALK TOO MUCH!!!!!!!

ironpurps
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ironpurps 08/19/14 - 01:43 pm
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Chance

I say give Dr. Pringle a chance to do the job. Three years will tell us whether they made the right choice or not.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/19/14 - 03:00 pm
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1. I don't think the RC

1. I don't think the RC school system has 3 more years before total collapse and chaos.

2. This selection "process" stinks to high heaven and everyone knows it.

3. I've not seen or heard anything about this woman that would place her above 36 other applicants without even an interview.

4. She does not have ANY superintendent experience.

5. Remember, the SAME people said the SAME things about the last 2 or 3 they've hired and they ALL turned out to be a bust. The school system continues it's downward spiral under the "besieged" Richmond County School Board's current leadership and it's secret "circle the wagons" meetings and selection process. Well, I guess the downward spiral has stopped since they are at the bottom of the list. It just slowly sinking lower now.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/19/14 - 03:08 pm
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New 'Super"

I don't quite understand how that works - she is hired - great - and now they talk about salary???
You would think that part would have been included in earlier negotiations.
What happens if we can't afford to pay her what she wants?????

jrsc429
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jrsc429 08/19/14 - 04:26 pm
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a beginner has to start somewhere

No one, in any job, any position, has any experience to begin with. It is only when a person is 'on the job' does a person gain experience. Give Dr. Pringle a chance first. A beginner has to start somewhere.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/19/14 - 05:36 pm
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"A beginner has to start

"A beginner has to start somewhere"

Fine....pay her a beginner's wage.

Roundtree was a beginner and look at the extravagant pay raise he got just because....... That's right...I said it......just because......

corgimom
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corgimom 08/19/14 - 05:51 pm
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No, Dichotomy, Roundtree got

No, Dichotomy, Roundtree got a raise because if the salary was good enough for a white sheriff, then it should be given to the black sheriff, too. The job didn't change, the description didn't change, the citizenry didn't change, the number of employees didn't change.

Giving him the salary increase was the right thing to do. The increase that Strength got wasn't a longevity increase, it can't be for an elected official.

MrClen1944
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MrClen1944 08/19/14 - 06:12 pm
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Jack, I am ashamed of ya boy!

Jack, I am ashamed of ya boy!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/19/14 - 07:12 pm
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Here's my take on it. She's

Here's my take on it.

She's going to be the fall guy when the state takes over Butler, Glenn Hills, Laney, and Josey.

A 38% graduation rate from Butler WITH Race to the Top funds. Holy moley.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/19/14 - 07:49 pm
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$500 K

She should demand at least $500,000 a year. They have no choice now.

scooter32
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scooter32 08/19/14 - 07:57 pm
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I smell a rat!

How in the world the board members chose only one finalist? They have really lost their minds. I don't blame the two that didn't vote for her . Anyone can come in and make a fool out of the board members in Augusta and they fall for it! 3 years and she'll be gone!

Pops
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Pops 08/19/14 - 08:32 pm
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Cain said. “She’s also shown that she knows how

to incorporate community leaders, chambers, local businesses and other institutions into her plans, which is very important.”

Notice how Cain mentions everyone but "parents"......not that this would be very important......

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/20/14 - 07:01 am
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IF the Board is actually willing to allow her to

do her job as she sees fit I see great possibilities.

But I am wondering how she will fair when the Board starts playing fiefdom politics over teaching, or goes PC listening to the "NOT MY BABY" mothers.

If the Board fails on their part, I give her this school year and 2 more 3.
=====================

Something to think about perspective.
I was speaking to my Grandsons future South Henry county teachers.
I was surprised how many moved out of better paying jobs. A number openly admitted they got fed up with the lack of discipline and authority to run their classes.

By the way the Henry County elementary, that my G-son will now attend rated about 63 points higher than the Gwinnett School he is leaving.

I asked one teacher why a rural school rated so much better?
She said a majority of the parents have HS+ educations & work for a living around here. The parentS expect them behave and learn, because everybody knows everybody around here. All any teacher need do, is call a parent and any discipline problem vanishes by the next school morning.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 08/20/14 - 07:41 am
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Seems to me that the decision

Seems to me that the decision was made by those HIGHER of the pole that the RCBOE...the writing is all over the wall.....whats coming to Augusta that most citizens (can't see) don't know about...???

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