Frazier might move to Butler

Richmond County School Board member Helen Minchew confirmed Thursday night that Tubman Middle School Principal Dr. Wayne Frazier is being considered for a move to Butler High School in light of recent disciplinary problems at Butler.

"It's being considered, but nothing has been voted on," she said. "It's all up to Dr. (Dana) Bedden to make any recommendations."

Dr. Bedden said Thursday that Dr. Frazier is being looked at, but others also are under review.

"No decisions have been made. I'm looking at various options," he said.

Melody Wooten, the president of Tubman's Parent-Teacher Association, said she and more than 80 PTA members would be upset if Dr. Frazier were to move.

In May, Dr. Frazier was credited by the Georgia Department of Education for turning around Tubman's disciplinary and academic problems. In July, Tubman achieved Adequate Yearly Progress, a first in several years. Dr. Frazier said Thursday that he had heard rumors but nothing official about a move, adding "I don't mind going anywhere. It's all about helping the children and making a difference."

Mrs. Minchew said disciplinary problems at Butler, including a Sept. 11 fight in which several students were arrested, prompted discussion of the possible move. In January, Dr. Frazier was transferred from Bungalow Road Alternative School to Tubman to help address discipline issues there.

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