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Finalist for Richmond County school superintendent signs contract

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 7:29 PM
Last updated Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 2:39 AM
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The lone finalist for Richmond County school superintendent has signed a contract accepting the job.

Pete Fletcher, attorney for the Richmond County Board of Education, said the school system received the signed document from Angela Pringle on Friday. He said the contract contained the “same financial terms as (former superintendent) Frank Roberson,” whose four-year tenure ended Friday after the board didn’t renew his contract earlier this year.

While Fletcher and board members Jack Padgett and Frank Dolan wouldn’t talk specifics, they said the contract stipulated Pringle’s salary would be in a “range similar to Roberson’s pay.” Roberson got a three year, $170,000 annual salary when hired in 2010. Pringle currently makes $119,000 a year as Region 2 superintendent of the DeKalb County school district.

The contract negotiations also covered insurance policies, grounds for termination and reimbursement for an iPhone Pringle plans to purchase for work-related purposes.

“I will recommend the board accept it when we meet to discuss it,” Fletcher said. “I think it’s a fair contract.”

Fletcher said Pringle and her attorney had signed off on the contract, and now Fletcher would need to send out a memo detailing her contract terms to board members so they can have an opportunity to comment. After that, the board will ratify the contract and bring Pringle aboard as superintendent at a public called meeting, which could be as soon as next week.

If Pringle is hired, she could start working “immediately after Labor Day,” Fletcher said.

Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey will be interim superintendent until the deal is completed.

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.

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geecheeriverman 08/23/14 - 05:11 am
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When hired in private industry, most salaries start out at the lower scale and are raised on evaluations periodically. Only in Government do salaries start out at the top of the scale, which in most cases are already overpaid.

nocnoc 08/23/14 - 05:36 am
Good Luck

The job promises to be as much a major challenge as a resume enhancer.

deestafford 08/23/14 - 07:21 am
I assume that the terms...

I assume that the terms of the entire contract will be made public once the board approves?

seenitB4 08/23/14 - 07:57 am
Good luck lady

Maybe you can change the direction & make a difference.

hoptoad 08/23/14 - 07:58 am
If she's making $119,000

If she's making $119,000 currently for the same Regional level, then she should start out at a figure only a little more than that at least for the first year. Once proven, be elevated to a comparative level.

Most employees have to prove themselves before receiving the top pay. Why was she only making $119K while Augusta was paying $170K to Roberson. Either she was grossly underpaid or Roberson was grossly overpaid. Doesn't DeKalb County have a lot more money than we do?

soapy_725 08/23/14 - 08:44 am
She immediately announced she needs major surgery&time off. LOL

She immediately announced she needs major surgery & time off. LOL

Darby 08/23/14 - 11:17 am
"If she's making $119,000 currently for the same

Regional level, then she should start out at a figure only a little more than that at least for the first year. Once proven, be elevated to a comparative level."

hoptoad - You seems to be living in the real world. That's a place politicians only visit, the way you and I might go to check out Disney World.

ironpurps 08/23/14 - 01:04 pm

Clean out some of the cabinet members who have been there for 5-10 years and get some fresh ideas. Remove nonperforming principals. Create a magnet school on the south side. Have more technology for students who can't come to regular school hours or for disruptive students. Pay teachers more for good results. Allow teachers their choice to send their own children to ANY school in the county to stop the flood of the best and brightest teachers to Columbia County. Either enforce zone rules for athletes or get rid of them.

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