Edgefield superintendent talks stall

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. - An impasse between Frank Roberson and the Edgefield County School Board means his status as the district's next superintendent is in serious doubt.

Frank Roberson has moved into the office of the superintendent and says he wants a deal.  Ron Cockerille/Staff
Ron Cockerille/Staff
Frank Roberson has moved into the office of the superintendent and says he wants a deal.

According to sources close to the school district, Dr. Roberson's contract negotiations with the school board have stalled, and the prospects of either side changing its position are slim.

At issue is a clause in Dr. Roberson's contract that would give the superintendent the flexibility and the ability to leave the district - with a 60-day notice - over the course of a multi-year contract.

Dr, Roberson - who spent Monday moving into the school district office vacated by former Superintendent Sharon Keesley last week - said he is ready to officially become the county's next superintendent if and when a contract is signed.

Dr. Keesley's contract expired June 30, as did Dr. Roberson's assistant superintendent contract.

"All I know is that we are negotiating still," said school board Chairwoman Sallie Cooks. "Anything else would be my opinion. We're still negotiating this."

Dr. Roberson said he hopes an agreement can be reached.

"Whatever the final results of the contractual negotiations are, I am convinced that the school board is going to take the appropriate action," he said. "I will be committed to assisting the board in whichever direction it goes."

Dr. Roberson, 51, was chosen by the school board this spring to replace Ms. Keesley.

A native of Aiken County, he arrived in Edgefield County last year from the Aiken County School District.

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patriciathomas 07/05/07 - 07:12 am
Not much security comes from

Not much security comes from a contract that has a 60 day escape clause for someone working with a 180 day school year.

intheknow 07/05/07 - 08:28 am
Where did he move to? Maybe,

Where did he move to? Maybe, he moved within the school system? Principles move all of the time. Seem to me that some, would like to see Dr. Beddens fail.

butterflygina 07/05/07 - 09:44 am
He moved into the

He moved into the superintendant's office! It just doesn't sound right that he is there and they are still in talks about his contract. I think somebody better yield, or they will be the search for another replacement.

Spurs07 07/05/07 - 10:13 am
Hopefully, Dr. Robinson won't

Hopefully, Dr. Robinson won't be in Edgefield too long, he is needed and would be appreciated back in Aiken County as the next chief

SHOCKER1 07/05/07 - 10:14 am
Oh my Oh my! This no

Oh my Oh my! This no contract business is icing on the cake of problems that the ECSD and its board is having. Go to EdgefieldDaily.com to get the latest info! The editor digs deep and the truth is not pretty! Don't be surprised if the state comes in and takes over the district soon. We won't!

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Parents United 07/06/07 - 08:41 pm
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