Bill gives OK to staff cuts

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COLUMBIA --- Aiken County's school board could shift nearly $1 million spent on five assistant superintendents to other needs under a state Senate bill approved this week.

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Sens. Greg Ryberg wants the choice of hiring assistant superintendents left to the Aiken County board.  File/Staff
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Sens. Greg Ryberg wants the choice of hiring assistant superintendents left to the Aiken County board.

Current law requires the district to have assistant superintendents, but the bill introduced by Aiken County Republican Sens. Greg Ryberg and Shane Massey would let the board decide whether to appoint the administrators or spend that $985,000 on other needs.

Would this mean district jobs would be lost?

"It's too early to tell," said Deputy Superintendent David Caver. He declined to say whether he supported the bill, S. 442.

The district, which has nearly 25,000 K-12 students, has the sixth-largest enrollment in the state. It has a superintendent, a deputy superintendent, two associate superintendents and five assistant superintendents.

Mr. Caver cautioned against expecting a direct savings.

"Just because you do away with the area configuration doesn't necessarily mean you'll realize the savings in it," he said. "Granted, that's a possibility, but is that best for the district?"

Mr. Ryberg has introduced the legislation nearly half a dozen times but had never gathered the support of his Senate colleagues until this year.

The bill will go to Aiken County's House delegation for approval and must be signed by the governor.

"Superintendent (Beth) Everitt, other district employees and many teachers communicate with me regularly, and they all say the same thing: 'We need funding flexibility,' " Mr. Ryberg said in a statement.

Mr. Caver said district officials did not drive the bill.

"No, we haven't asked for this in particular," he noted.

Reach Sarita Chourey at (803) 727-4257 or sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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As It Is
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As It Is 02/28/09 - 02:02 am
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Talk about a top heavy school

Talk about a top heavy school system and an extreme waste of money. This bill certainly should pass and this million dollars should actully go to education and schools not BOE offices. Richmond County, although a different state, needs to do the same thing in their board offices with all of the "do nothings" sitting around.

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karmakills123 02/28/09 - 03:14 am
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Amen.........................

Amen.........................................

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 02/28/09 - 06:24 am
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It would be great if Richmond

It would be great if Richmond County kids didn't claim to be living with Grandma, simply to attend a better school district. This practice needs to stop.

curly123053
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curly123053 02/28/09 - 09:14 am
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I agree to this bill...to

I agree to this bill...to much FAT at the top it seems......by the way, who broke the egg??? have not seen it this morning..LOL

jack
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jack 02/28/09 - 12:20 pm
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curly, the damn egg is still

curly, the damn egg is still there.

blues550
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blues550 02/28/09 - 01:29 pm
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Cut out administrators, add
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Cut out administrators, add more class room teachers. What a novel thought.

GGpap
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GGpap 02/28/09 - 02:29 pm
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If you've ever played with a

If you've ever played with a deck of cards you are surely aware of the fact that no matter how many times you shuffle the deck there will still be 52 cards when you finish shuffling. The only way to eliminate a few of the cards is to change the name of the game. I fear that Aiken County Schools would rather just change the spots on the cards than to change the nature of the game. As Mr. Caver cautioned, don't expect ant direct results from the ACS if this bill is passed. GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 02/28/09 - 02:32 pm
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Someone, PLEASE, tell Mr.

Someone, PLEASE, tell Mr. Milton Ruben that I sure as hell won't be buying any of his eggs! GGpap

curly123053
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curly123053 02/28/09 - 07:22 pm
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Bob Richards Toyota on

Bob Richards Toyota on Schultz Hill in North Augusta has not caught on to the egg yet...

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