Frazier aims to turn around Glenn Hills

Video of the new Glenn Hills High School principal during the first day of school.
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Wayne Frazier doesn't subscribe to any don't-sweat-the-small-stuff philosophies.

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New principal Dr. Wayne Frazier watches students as they walk the hallways during the first day of school.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
New principal Dr. Wayne Frazier watches students as they walk the hallways during the first day of school.

The no-nonsense principal has become the Richmond County school board's go-to guy for turning around troubled schools, and he hopes to make big changes in his first year back at Glenn Hills High School, just as he did last year within four months of being reassigned to Tubman Middle. To do that, he's zeroing in on even minor infractions, such as sloppy attire and loafing between classes.

"I'm gonna' concentrate on the small stuff," Dr. Frazier said. "Because if you concentrate on the small stuff, hopefully you won't graduate to the larger stuff."

He spent much of the first day of school Friday hammering in his dress code, ordering boys to pull up sagging pants, tuck in their shirts and remove earrings. Girls were warned about short skirts and shirts that expose their midriffs or too much cleavage.

Administrators and teachers also coordinated on keeping hallways cleared, approaching anyone caught wandering between periods and ushering them into the right room or office.

And in a tactic Dr. Frazier says worked both at Tubman and when he headed Bungalow Road Alternative School before that, he let students know that anyone caught watching a fight will be suspended for 10 days -- twice as long as those actually fighting.

"Everybody in the area is participating in the fight, in my mind, by running to it or boosting it up," the principal said.

That new rule is going to make a huge difference, said Torri Williams, a math and statistics teacher in her fourth year at Glenn Hills. Looking up and down a hallway between classes, she marveled that even without a bell working it was completely empty -- no one chatting, talking on cell phones or texting.

"The kids, they're really a good group," Ms. Williams said. "They just need structure."

Along with a host of discipline problems last year, Glenn Hills had a graduation rate of 65.1 percent, one reason it didn't make Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind for the fourth year in a row. Dr. Frazier said he's aiming to raise this year's graduation rate to 85 percent and make AYP, a feat he accomplished at Tubman, which had spent eight years on the "needs improvement" list.

"This school's got a lot of potential," said Executive Director of High Schools Lynn Warr, who paid a visit to Dr. Frazier on Friday, as did Superintendent Dana Bedden. "You just have to have a good, strong leader here."

Before being principal at Bungalow Road Alternative, Dr. Frazier was an assistant principal at Glenn Hills High earlier in the decade. He said he doesn't consider leading beleaguered schools a tough job, but more like a hobby, something he loves and enjoys doing.

Wearing a coat and tie and a Georgia Bulldogs pin that Coach Mark Richt gave to his wife, state Rep. Gloria Frazier, Dr. Frazier took to the microphone for morning announcements, then slowly sang, "I love you," eliciting laughs throughout the building.

Later in the morning, the school summoned a 15-year-old's mother because he was being stubborn about keeping his pants up. With his mother watching, Dr. Frazier confronted the boy in the main office, telling him to speak up, stand up straight and act like a grown-up. Eventually, the boy mumbled that his belt wasn't tight enough. The principal told him to go home, cut another hole in it and come back Monday.

"I'm gonna' give you an early Christmas present," Dr. Frazier said. "Christmas in August."

Throughout the day countless other teens with drooping britches found themselves face-to-face with the 6-foot-4 retired Army first sergeant, who told them that if they want to graduate, shape up.

"I've already suspended seven students today," he told one boy. "You're gonna' be the eighth."

Asked later why he had to suspend students on the first day, he said, "I didn't. You have to be a little creative."

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/08/09 - 05:08 am
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Most kids just need to know

Most kids just need to know what is expected and have consistant and structured discipline in order to excel. Without structure and discipline, there will never be a good learning environment and the educational process can not begin. Generally, less than 3% of the students cause 95% of the problems within a school. Get rid of the ones who will not toe the line and follow appropriate rules and regulations and the other students will have a great school in which to learn. Graduations rates will increase and drop outs will decrease once you set the rules and follow them 100% of the time, no matter who the student is. Dr. Frazier is an excellent principal and those who continue to burry their heads in the sand should be givein a 3 day tour with Dr. Frazier along with a nice piece of advice at the same time...get with the program or look for a new job. Students want safe, secure and well disciplined schools. Their only purpose in going to school is to get a good education so everything else should be a non-issue. Dr. Frazier will meet many objectors (parents) who don't want to be botherd by their child and dress code or other policies - keep you head up and continue doing well.

concernednative
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concernednative 08/08/09 - 05:53 am
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Why did it take so long to

Why did it take so long to get a quality person there.

NedaKlugh
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NedaKlugh 08/08/09 - 07:22 am
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Dr. Frazier needs to lead

Dr. Frazier needs to lead workshops for other teachers in the area. We have our own "Lean On Me" story right here in the CSRA!

reesiecup
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reesiecup 08/08/09 - 07:42 am
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Kudos to Dr. Frazier !

Kudos to Dr. Frazier !

crackertroy
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crackertroy 08/08/09 - 09:08 am
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This is too good to be true!
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This is too good to be true! For years Glenn Hills was by far the worst school in Richmond County. It got to the point years ago that I refused to substitute there. Students jumping out of windows, smoking in class etc etc. Not now!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/08/09 - 12:32 pm
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God bless Dr. Frazier, a

God bless Dr. Frazier, a retired 1st sergeant is just what those kids need.

LCC0256
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LCC0256 08/08/09 - 02:37 pm
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Somebody please tell me why

Somebody please tell me why we dont DEMAND that every principal in this crime ridden Richmond County School system act like this brilliant Dr Frazier? If i were Dr Bedden i would find more men like him & fire the passive, cowardly, ineffective school administrators that permeate this system....oh yeah i forgot...you CANT FIRE them (unless they are caught having sex with each other at school) gee maybe that is the problem....

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/08/09 - 04:19 pm
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LCC0256, you're wrong, you're

LCC0256, you're wrong, you're Jeff Annis, or you're both: "You CAN'T FIRE them" is inaccurate. Or are you implying that Pete Fletcher is too big and fat a wussy to fire them? I'd agree that porcine Pete is much too effete and pusillanimous to fire anybody, if that's really what you mean..

andywarhol
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andywarhol 08/08/09 - 07:39 pm
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He still cannot replace 15-18

He still cannot replace 15-18 years where there was a lack of parenting.

Enyaw
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Enyaw 08/08/09 - 09:41 pm
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Kudos Dr. Frazier... Could

Kudos Dr. Frazier... Could you check in at Laney word tells the principal doesn't know how to talk to teachers.....

wonderwhygib
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wonderwhygib 08/08/09 - 10:09 pm
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Frazier is loud, rude and

Frazier is loud, rude and crude. One of his quotes "beat them in the head til the white meat shows". He doesnt give a darn on how he talks to people, and at a school with a 65 percent grad rate, it may be what they need. Good Luck to him. I hope that Bedden and company give him the backing he needs when teed off parents start coming to complain on him.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 08/08/09 - 10:25 pm
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Wayne Says Sell It!!

Wayne Says Sell It!!

Pu239
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Pu239 08/08/09 - 11:44 pm
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Black SS wit tha top blowed
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Black SS wit tha top blowed off.......inside peanutbutter outside jelly. Gotta roll dem chevys

razordog
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razordog 08/09/09 - 09:15 am
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You go Dr. Frazier!!! I

You go Dr. Frazier!!! I commend you for what you're doing, and I don't even have children at Glenn Hills. It's sad to say, but I bet there will be some parents who are totally against your methods and will complain about the way you talk to their children and rules you are enforcing. The reason is, they don't even discipline their children at home, and will resent someone else doing it. If more RC schools were run the way you are going to run GH, I wouldnt' mind putting my children in public school as opposed to a private school where they enforce those same rules on a daily basis. Maybe this should be the motto: TAKING BACK RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS...ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!!! or TAKING BACK RICHMOND COUNTY...ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME!!!

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 08/09/09 - 07:46 pm
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Calling on all Educators ...

Calling on all Educators ... to get the word out to be present at the School Board Committee meeting on Tuesday August 11th at 4:00 P. M. It is imperative that you be present at this meeting as well as the School Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:00 P.M. Time to make your voices heard about the unfair furloughs and lack of supplies, Remember, this affects all of us. Those of you who have the green shirts or other RCAE shirts, please wear them to the meetings. Many of you have called GAE in reference to the 15 minutes smoke screen as it relates to the furlough. Now is the time to show how you feel and please contact your school board members TODAY!.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 08/09/09 - 07:47 pm
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By the way... I very proud of

By the way... I very proud of Dr. Frazier...

peace4784
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peace4784 08/09/09 - 07:59 pm
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it's way too early to
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it's way too early to applaud. The show is just beginning. The reality check has not happened yet.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/09/09 - 11:00 pm
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(P)eace4784, you're right in

(P)eace4784, you're right in asserting that the reality check at GHHS has yet to occur. But The Man from Shreveport and his supporters will be found to be FOR REAL.

peace4784
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peace4784 08/09/09 - 11:31 pm
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Custer and Napoleon were for
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Custer and Napoleon were for real as well.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/12/09 - 07:57 am
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don't stop there just expell

don't stop there just expell the remaining disruptive, disrespectful and under performing students and glen hills will no doubt make ayp

Bubba442
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Bubba442 08/15/09 - 07:55 pm
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Again Dr. Frazier, when are

Again Dr. Frazier, when are you gonna open the Leavenworth division of Glen Hills?

Bubba442
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Bubba442 08/15/09 - 07:58 pm
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Dr. Frazier I was not

Dr. Frazier I was not joking.A Leavenworth style correction may be what you need.(just a thought)

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