Principal deserves added incentive

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Dr. Dana Bedden, Richmond County schools superintendent and Jimmy Atkins, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Education, said it was unfair to place Thomas Norris, "a first-year principal, at one of the challenged schools in the county," in the Jan. 11 edition of The Augusta Chronicle . When Dr. Bedden and Mr. Atkins jointly acknowledged their understanding of what's fair, you can safely assume they understand fairness.

When addressing Dr. Wayne Frazier's assignment in this same article, it's stated that "teachers are leaving Tubman, despite the 5 percent raise and $500 yearly stipends given to them. Dr. Frazier won't be getting any financial incentive." Where is the fairness? In the Jan. 25 edition of The Chronicle, another article gives a report on State School Superintendent Kathy Cox's visit to "Tubman Middle School, one of the lowest performing schools ... ." In The Chronicle's article, she speaks of the toughness of the task of turning around a school such as Tubman. Mrs. Cox also goes on to say, "I don't think we have given up on the idea that we can incentivize the teachers and principals to take on some of the greater challenges in education." Since the school is low-performing, according to Mrs. Cox's incentive statement, there already are provisions to entice teachers and principals. If the school's ambiance creates a condition to offer an incentive, then the incentive should be given to all teachers and principals assigned to the school.

It doesn't matter which principal is assigned to Tubman Middle School, Dr. Frazier or anyone else. If the state and county offers an incentive for them to be there, they should receive it. That's fairness. It shouldn't be too hard for Dr. Bedden and Mr. Atkins to explain why they would give an incentive to one employee and not to another, doing the same job under the same conditions. What's the reason for not being fair?

Lonnie C. Wimberly, Augusta

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Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 02/12/08 - 09:18 am
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I agree 100%. He is taking on

I agree 100%. He is taking on a huge job. It's lucky he is a big man well equipped to handle it. I think ALL teachers are underpaid for what they have to put up with. Dr. Fraizer deserves all the money that can be found, but more importantly all the Community and Board support he can get. Good Luck!

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Venus 02/12/08 - 09:55 am
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Is education turning into

Is education turning into "how much money can I make off these children"? The statement above tells you who is in education for the money and who is really there to make a difference in children lives. Maybe we need to take a hard look at those who are there to make a difference verse those who are chasing the all mighty dollar. If Dr Frazier is really there for the children then the amount of money he makes shouldn't be the issue as long as he is making what other middle school principals are making. What should matter is the difference he claims he can make and wants to make in these children lives not the money. The fact is this school just happen to make the news, what about the other challenging schools in Richmond? We have other principals working just as hard if not harder than he is yet not one word is said about them making more money because they demonstrate daily it's about the children! If the truth be told the teachers make the school, if anyone deserves more money it should be the teachers they are the ones in the trenches daily. We should all be outraged at what we are paying our teachers and what we expect them to do for so little. Our greats assets is the teacher they are the worker bees who make it happen, they are the ones who hit it hard each and everyday. So we should be paying them a whole lot more than they are getting. Second and final thought, he took the job because he wanted to make a difference in the children life's at Tubman and if he makes a difference in the children lives I think he has just received "PAYMENT IN FULL" this should make him a rich man!

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johnrdupree 02/12/08 - 10:19 am
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Dr. Frazier is an intelligent

Dr. Frazier is an intelligent man and was well aware of the compensation package when he took the job. If you think he is being slighted, then call him and discuss it with him; you know where he works. I think it speaks volumes about Dr. Frazier that he took the position without added incentives. It shows that he's there to do a job, not just make a buck. **cough, Charles Larke, cough**

jack
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jack 02/12/08 - 12:08 pm
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Goodstuff, do you have a

Goodstuff, do you have a reading comprehension problem? The article said NOTHING about how much Dr Bedden is paid, but whether is if fair to pay incentives to the former principle and not Dr Frzier. I have to agree with the writer and bellieve Dr Freazier should get the same, if not more, monetary incentives in that he is there to turn a total disaster of a public school around so the students will get an education for a change.

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jackfruitpaper833 02/12/08 - 12:27 pm
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Send Dr. Welcher back over to

Send Dr. Welcher back over to Tubman, let him straighten it out.

Venus
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Venus 02/12/08 - 12:52 pm
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Jack you need to go back and

Jack you need to go back and read my post! I didn't mention Dr. Bedden name! I referred to the article of more money for Dr Frazier! Now who has a reading comprehension problem. Next can you tell me what we should do with all the teachers in the US that are in war zone schools who are working their hearts out for our children to achieve with little or no gratitude? What should we do with the teachers who are called out of their names, cussed out, jumped on, parents who attack them verbally daily for doing their job by trying to teach our children to succeed? Yet these same teacher return to the classroom giving everything they have not once asking for more because they LOVE what they are doing and really want to make a difference. If you have the answer we would love to hear it. I rather give the teachers the money because they are in the trenches everyday! Principals are administrators, teachers are and will be the backbone of our community. I wouldn't have a problem with this article if we were calling for ALL principals in challenging schools to receive a pay increase. This article speaks for one person to receive a pay raise what about the rest who feel they are too deserving of a raise? Now is it fair to give one a raise because some think he has more responsibilities than another? I would suggest you look at what ALL schools are up against and you will find Tubman is no different than the next school. The only difference is this one has been played up in the media.

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