School board approves rezoning

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The Richmond County school board on Tuesday night approved two rezoning plans that will relieve overcrowding in separate parts of the county next school year.

Without any discussion, the board unanimously agreed to both plans. The first will send more than 100 students zoned for the Academy of Richmond County to Laney and Josey high schools, both of which are under-enrolled.

Richmond Academy is at 104 percent capacity and would have reached 120 percent had no action been taken. Laney is at 69 percent and will move to 83 percent. Josey is at 76 percent and will drop to 67 percent despite the zoning change, largely because of the closing of housing projects that feed into the school.

Tuesday's action affects some high school students who live in zones for Bayvale and Milledge elementary schools.

Rising seniors who were zoned to attend Richmond Academy can ask to remain at the school.

In another vote, the board approved rezoning the middle schools in south Richmond County to accommodate the opening of Pine Hill Middle School in August.

Pine Hill will draw pupils from Sego, Spirit Creek and Hephzibah middle schools.

In other business:

- The board approved reorganizing its public safety department. The move creates a tiered system with ranks so officers have opportunities for advancement. The action removed Public Safety Director Julia Porter-Stein from her position. She will become the senior internal affairs investigator, a new position.

Ms. Porter-Stein has been with the school system for more than 21 years and has served as the head of public safety since 2001.

- The board hired James Whitson to become deputy superintendent effective July 1. He now serves as assistant superintendent in Sumter County and will replace James Thompson, who is retiring.

- The board approved a policy allowing non-public school students to participate in its all-county orchestra. The policy requires the students to pay a fee and meet the same musical standards as public school students.

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

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AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/22/09 - 09:01 am
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"The action removed Public

"The action removed Public Safety Director Julia Porter-Stein from her position." ITS ABOUT TIME! Little fanfare but that should be brought to the forefront! She has screwed up the way the BOE police have operated for years under the cover of Charles Larke's sweep this under the rug system. Glad to see her relieved of her position! THANK YOU DR. BEDDEN for effecting more positive changes.

giwi
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giwi 04/22/09 - 09:25 am
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Departments, especially those

Departments, especially those affecting students had to be cut due to budget cuts! But as you can see, a new position was created for someone who wasn't doing their job.

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Little Lamb 04/22/09 - 10:18 am
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She will get to sit in a

She will get to sit in a office and do nothing until she decides to dip into the lucrative state teachers' retirement fund. What a syndicate.

JUSTICE187
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JUSTICE187 04/22/09 - 10:42 am
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So....she will be doing in

So....she will be doing in her new position exactly what she does now?

abc123xyz
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abc123xyz 04/22/09 - 10:53 am
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An employee had to be moved

An employee had to be moved to make room for Stein to sit & do nothing until she decides to retire. Is that fair?! If she wasn't doing her job, what happened to Bedden saying "if you're not a good fit for your job or you're not doing your job, we'll stop so that you can get off the bus"? Obviously that didn't apply in this case. A favor to her board member husband got her this job - I wonder who is getting a favor(s) so that she gets to keep a job now?!?!? SO MUCH FOR CHANGE........

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disssman 04/22/09 - 11:09 am
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Again the mark of a true

Again the mark of a true administrator. I wonder what the title of the new oposition will be so we can find it on the stste web site next year and see what a whopping salary increase someone got. I just wish the chronicle could do some reporting (asking questions) and not note taking for once.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 04/22/09 - 11:26 am
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you wouldn't have

you wouldn't have overcrowding anywhere if the school board took a stand and got rid of all the dead weight from all of the schools, to do that would then necessessitate the closing of at least 2 high schools, and the overall improvement of academic test scores by at least 25%

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KingJames 04/22/09 - 01:17 pm
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Dissman, the AC reported the

Dissman, the AC reported the title of the new position on last week. They said it will be a pay cut for Ms. Porter-Stein.

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thugette 04/23/09 - 09:53 am
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I thank God Dr. Bedden has

I thank God Dr. Bedden has changed Chief Stein's position. And yes it is a demotion. How can you have a person with no degree heading a department of any kind. Yes you read it right, no degree!!!

Son of God
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Son of God 04/23/09 - 10:27 am
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There is a way that seemeth

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the ends thereof are the ways of destruction and shame. You can think that you can treat god's chosen anointed any kind of way that you want to. I tell you that God will show up, act out, and show out in his time and not ours. To God be the Glory for all that he has done. We must never try to belittle, mistreat, or plain belittle any of God's choldren just to please the self elected "clique "of people in authority. There is a word out that says, Masters, you must treat those under you with love, respect, kindness, and fairness, knowing that you also have a MASTER who is in Heaven. Some of the people hearts have waxed cold for each other; especially most of those in leadership. Thank you Lord for allowing us to reap what we have sown as it is written. Comtinue to strengthen all of us where we are weak and build us up where we are torn down. Lord you said in your word that we MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER. LOVE is your greatest commandment. Thank you in advance for evecuting your vengance as you still gives us time to repent and walk in LOVE for one another. Lord, we are so happy that you and only you have the final word. AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEM!

abc123xyz
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abc123xyz 04/23/09 - 03:54 pm
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There will be NO pay cut for

There will be NO pay cut for Stein. Yes, it's still a demotion but she gets to keep her same salary while "officially" doing less work. Not that she did any real work in Public Safety......

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