Roberson will seek position in Aiken

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AIKEN - Newly named Edgefield County Schools Interim Superintendent Frank Roberson said Monday he will apply for the open Aiken County School superintendent position.

Dr. Frank Roberson, interim superintendent for Edgefield, said he wants to remain in the area to be close to his family.  File/Staff
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Dr. Frank Roberson, interim superintendent for Edgefield, said he wants to remain in the area to be close to his family.

Dr. Roberson was named interim superintendent Friday after contract negotiations stalled over a clause that would have allowed him to leave the district with 60 days' notice at any time during the term of the contract. Dr. Roberson cited family reasons and advice from his lawyer for stalling the process.

Despite his interest in the Aiken position, Dr. Roberson said he's "going on faith" and keeping his options open, including teaching at the college level. His first concern is staying close to family, including his parents, who are in their 80s and 90s.

"What drove that basically was looking at a long-term commitment and the impact that that commitment would have on family," he said. "And given the increased responsibilities for family, it just made sense for me to look at long-term employment in my home district."

Scott Chitty, the Edgefield board vice chairman, said Dr. Roberson had told the board he had an interest in the Aiken position but said family was the first concern. Mr. Chitty said the situation was difficult because Dr. Roberson was the best choice for the district.

"Personally, I was very disappointed that Dr. Roberson chose as he did and that he chose to terminate our contract," Mr. Chitty said. "He is a great individual and well-respected in our community and was going to do a wonderful job for us, and I hate that things didn't turn out better than they did."

Although Dr. Roberson will have to follow the same search committee process as other superintendent candidates, he said the community has shown interest in his return to Aiken County. He also said he has not spoken with any district personnel because that would be "inappropriate."

Dr. Christine Sanders, the Aiken school board chairman, said the board wouldn't know if Dr. Roberson was in the pool of candidates until the top 10 are presented to the board later this year.

"I would think that he would be wholeheartedly welcomed back. But it would not be done without the search committee," Dr. Sanders said. "He is very well-respected by the administration, the teachers and the people in the community."

Dr. Roberson said he would remain with Edgefield until at least January.

Reach Julia Sellers at (803) 648-1395, ext. 106, or julia.sellers@augustachronicle.com.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/10/07 - 09:11 am
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Edgefield needs to find

Edgefield needs to find someone interested in the job. Dr. Robertson seems just a little sketchy for a position that requires some stability.

Parents United
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Parents United 07/10/07 - 10:13 am
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Not a suprise to me. Remember

Not a suprise to me. Remember he was already in Edgefield when the Aiken super. announced her retirement. If he had known that he probably wouldn't never had gone to Edgefield.

Give me a call on Parents United Radio on Saturday morning to talk about this issue. 1-877-4AM-1230. Remember we are on the AM frequency 1230 on the dial. This we the main topic is Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP

fish2
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fish2 07/10/07 - 11:27 am
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Beleave me Edgefield is

Beleave me Edgefield is better off---Edgefield needs stability not indecision.

curly123053
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curly123053 07/10/07 - 12:24 pm
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Aiken needs to take a better

Aiken needs to take a better look at Roberson too before he is considered for the job there. I am sure he would probably do a good job but when you back out of a commitment like he did it makes you look crooked. I would not want him here as Aiken County's Superintendent.

KingJames
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KingJames 07/10/07 - 12:52 pm
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Dr. Roberson has put his

Dr. Roberson has put his family first. What's wrong with that? If my parents were in their 80s and 90s I would want to be very close to them, or have them very close to me. At that age, they are probably still somewhat independent and would not want to leave their home to move to Edgefield, but probably still need assistance throughout the course of the day or with medications. In the event of an emergency, a 30-45 minute drive through the country where cell phone reception may not be the best can be agonizing. The article said that Mr. Chitty thought Dr. Roberson was the best person for the job in Edgefield, so that means they don't think he was crooked, but that they still respect him for his decision. If he measures up to what Aiken county is looking for in a superintendent, then the whole Edgefield county thing shouldn't matter. Since his family is in Aiken, the clause in the contract about the notice to leave the school system shouldn't really be an issue.

work for a living
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work for a living 07/10/07 - 01:35 pm
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As a parent of children in

As a parent of children in Aiken County, I don't care where the Superintendent comes from, what color he/she is, or what their personal issues are. I just want someone who has nothing less than the best interest of ALL children at heart. I would like someone who will hold parents accountable in showing interest in their child's education and participating in school functions to a certain degree. I want someone who will require our teachers in the young classes to require our children speak proper English regardless of what they bring from home. Slang and illiteracy should not be allowed in the classroom and I don't care from what home setting one comes. Children speaking at a 5th grade production this past year (in Aiken Co.) spoke as if they were never taught to speak English. You could not understand a word they said. They sounded as if they were on the street corner hanging out with their friends. If kids are taught to speak and carry themselves better they might think better of themselves and what they can accomplish. Teachers should not have to hold other students back because one or two kids speak no English at all. Create a class for basic English for all ages.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/10/07 - 03:03 pm
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Well written KingJames. Scott

Well written KingJames. Scott Chitty is a respectable, intelligent and honest man not given to unfounded compliments.

ricky
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ricky 07/10/07 - 03:19 pm
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I would welcome Dr. Robinson

I would welcome Dr. Robinson back to Aiken with open arms. I personnally believe he would be better than the superintendent we are losing (Dr, Eldridge).

Edgefield
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Edgefield 07/10/07 - 06:33 pm
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To patricia thomas, Hate to

To patricia thomas, Hate to be the one to let you down, but Scott Chitty has only one goal, to keep the Charter School Fox Creek open. Because they have about 200 students, and all but 3 are white. The school could be closed by the school board. Sally Cooks and James Bibbs told him when he came on to board, "Vote as we tell you and the school stays open, Vote aginst us and we close the school"

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athome 07/10/07 - 11:50 pm
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As a long time employee of

As a long time employee of Aiken County Schools I would welcome Frank Roberson back. When he left a year ago, many would have rather lost Dr. E. He is very well respected, very professional, and would be an asset for us. He was just caught up in her power play. Good luck Frank! Edgefield's loss is hopefully our gain.

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