School jobs will shift, Bedden says

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Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden will recommend several personnel changes in a special called school board meeting next week.

Dr. Bedden wouldn't say who or how many people are involved, but he said Monday that the recommendations represent the most changes he has requested at once since coming to Richmond County in August 2007.

"I've been here a year and a half now. I've seen some of these people's performance directly," he said.

People are expected to show results, he said.

From the beginning of his tenure as superintendent, Dr. Bedden spoke of placing personnel in the "right seat on the bus." Next week's actions are his attempt to do that.

In the Feb. 25 meeting, he will recommend several administrative changes, including some at the school level, to ensure that everyone is in a position that provides the opportunity to be successful.

Dr. Bedden said he has spoken with most, but not all, of those potentially involved. He said he doesn't want anyone to learn of the recommendations through the news media.

He would have made the recommendations at tonight's board meeting, but he will be out of town at a national superintendents' conference. He said he prefers to be in town when recommending such significant changes.

Dr. Bedden can only recommend that the changes be made. The school board will make the final decision.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/17/09 - 02:30 am
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How well spoken are the

How well spoken are the members of the school board?

As It Is
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As It Is 02/17/09 - 02:55 am
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Change your Public Safety

Change your Public Safety Director and support your Campus Police Officers in their daily tasks of keeping the schools under control. So much more could be done if the leader of Public Safety simply had a clue and the officers worked closely with the school administrators in a pro-active approach to law enforcement and school safety.

justus4
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justus4 02/17/09 - 02:59 am
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Wow! This is gonna hit some
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Wow! This is gonna hit some folks hard because sub-par performance is the norm for some. Dr Bedden's decisions will be highly criticized by U know who and "they" will offer something else, just to be talkling. This is his call and those individuals effected must understand that, it's the best for the children.

bone
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bone 02/17/09 - 05:41 am
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i have no idea what you are

i have no idea what you are talkling about, justus. any chance "U know who" or "they" are referring to an ethnic group?

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 02/17/09 - 06:35 am
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I think Dr. Bedden knows what

I think Dr. Bedden knows what he is doing and I hope the board backs him.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/17/09 - 06:52 am
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SargeMidTown write a new

SargeMidTown write a new English book and sell it to the Board and the state since English is so bad in Richmond County schools. Weird.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/17/09 - 06:53 am
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I hope getting rid of Dr.

I hope getting rid of Dr. Welcher at Laney is one and bringing in Dr. Frazier there is another.

sgtdette41
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sgtdette41 02/17/09 - 07:16 am
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The Board needs to look at

The Board needs to look at all the new Central Office administrators Dr. Bedden has brought on board and the idea he has of hiring their spouses as soon as he can make room for them in the school system. He has moved administrators around to make room for these chosen, but because he has brought in his own admin staff, the cost has really gone through the roof for admin. What about an early retirement buy out for those administrators and staff, similar to what MCG did. That would help clean house rather than continuing to shift people around and would give the added incentive those admin's and others who have been there 30 plus years need to move on. Dr. Bedden could then start with a clean slate and move forward.

christian134
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christian134 02/17/09 - 07:58 am
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They need to start with the

They need to start with the employees downtown at the Board of Education building...Walk in there and you see groups of individuals sitting around doing absolutely nothing but getting paid just the same...I would suggest cutting from the top first before tacking those individuals who actually work with the children...They are the ones who need more money as well as "hazard" pay...

jaschild
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jaschild 02/17/09 - 08:10 am
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if the shift comes with a pay

if the shift comes with a pay reduction, it just might be rational

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/17/09 - 08:22 am
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Hey, Bone; Justus's "U know

Hey, Bone; Justus's "U know who" is Joe Scott.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 02/17/09 - 08:57 am
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As It Is I totally agree with

As It Is I totally agree with you. It is time to get rid of the Dr. Larke favor positions with people who know what they are doing. She is one of those to move. I don't think she ever worked a day as an actual police officer. You need someone who knows how to deal in the real world.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 02/17/09 - 08:57 am
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By the way, Butler HS is

By the way, Butler HS is still just as bad as it was before Dr. Reeves left. The BOE is just keeping most altercations under wraps.

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 02/17/09 - 09:19 am
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Transportation could use some

Transportation could use some leadership in their department!

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Dan White 02/17/09 - 09:23 am
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Leave Dr. Welcher at Laney

Leave Dr. Welcher at Laney alone. He runs a tight ship in an impossible situation. He is a fine Christian man who loves the kids and does everything in his power to help them succeed. Many on the faculty are TAPP teachers meaning they are learning as they go in trying to earn their teacher's certification. They have not had the education courses or student teaching. Many of the 9th graders coming to Laney are one and two grade levels behind and many, many of them can't read well, don't bring their books, pens, and paper to class. You could take Dr. Welcher and put him at Lakeside High and he would be an award winning principal because of the faculty, the resources, and the students that are there at LHS.

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Dan White 02/17/09 - 09:24 am
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I guess Dr. Bedden in moving

I guess Dr. Bedden in moving employees to the right seat on the bus means that some will have to go to the back of the bus!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/17/09 - 09:29 am
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Dr. Welcher needs to go

Dr. Welcher needs to go sorry, I hear he's headed to Glenn Hills, I pray.

patel99
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patel99 02/17/09 - 09:40 am
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We dont need graduation

We dont need graduation coaches, we need teachers.

anotherday
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anotherday 02/17/09 - 09:53 am
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McBean Elementary better be

McBean Elementary better be on that list for change. It has been on the "underwrap" for a great while now. Many incidents reported but not much change seen.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/17/09 - 10:06 am
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patel99, what you need are

patel99, what you need are responsible parents. Two parents per child would help!

triscuit
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triscuit 02/17/09 - 11:14 am
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National Hills Elementary's

National Hills Elementary's principal is sucking the life out of the school and PTA...

redmustang
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redmustang 02/17/09 - 11:32 am
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Wonder if anything is going

Wonder if anything is going to be done about the Principal at ARC. Talk about an impossible situation......more like a joke and waste of money. So much being kept under wraps over there it's not even funny and the BOE knows it's true! Several things have been brought to their attention but they have the "if you ignore it, it will go away" attitude. Give those kids that want to be there and want to learn a chance. Spring is coming.....time to do spring cleaning. If there is going to be a shift, shift a Principal in there that will support the teachers, faculty, safety officers, students and everyone involved.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 02/17/09 - 12:07 pm
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redmustang sounds like LANEY

redmustang sounds like LANEY *UGH* we need Dr. Frazier as our principal.

ralph_01
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ralph_01 02/17/09 - 12:32 pm
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Say it loud redmustang. The

Say it loud redmustang. The officers over there have no support, I know personnally what they go through every day. No support at all from the principal over there, when the guy came into the school and beat up the student(ex girlfriend), the principal blamed a security breach. No security breach there, the officers went to the office to get help for the girl and try to protect her, when the principal himself sent her back to class. All of this, after the guy tried to sign her out of school. He would've succeeded if the office personel had not called her mother to see if it was okay. And the principal there, blamed security. No way!!! Theres a lot more that goes on there that no one ever hears about either. Lots of stuff being kept under wraps by the BOE internal affairs dept. I hope the board backs Dr. Bedden and will get rid of the dead beats at the BOE!!

mommie2
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mommie2 02/17/09 - 01:11 pm
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What's up with the Principal

What's up with the Principal at ARC?

way
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way 02/17/09 - 01:53 pm
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sound like he slack as heck

sound like he slack as heck to let that kind of stuff go on

that girl was hurt very bad and it could've been prevented if the

principal woulda done his job or if he hada let security do their

job, i heard something else about a different girl being chased

into the bathroom and threatened by another slug-principal knew about that too - did nothing

abc123xyz
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abc123xyz 02/17/09 - 02:01 pm
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From my understanding, the

From my understanding, the Internal Affairs Department only investigates cases that are assigned to them. Lots of issues are being handled by the new "directors" (Lynn Warr is over high schools) or the principals themselves. Let's don't blame a department when it may not have been something that was even assigned to them.

way
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way 02/17/09 - 02:15 pm
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so, who does the reporting to

so, who does the reporting to the internal affairs department? the principal sure isn't gonna report something that he is trying to hide. so who does it - no one does it - for fear of retaliation !

CarlA
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CarlA 02/17/09 - 02:25 pm
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some of the employees at the

some of the employees at the BOE office downtown need to be given the "pink" slip

jack
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jack 02/17/09 - 02:25 pm
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Sounds like Dr Bedden needs a

Sounds like Dr Bedden needs a LARGE pink slip pad and start at the BOE, then the school administrators.

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