Dr. Angela Pringle voted in as new superintendent

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Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--It's official--

"It's 7-2 and Ms. Pringle has now been appointed superintendent for Richmond County," said Richmond County school board president Venus Cain after the vote.

There is new leadership in Richmond County schools after the 7 to 2 school board vote for the sole finalist, Dr. Angela Pringle.

Pringle will replace Dr. Frank Roberson as the next superintendent.

"It feels great," said Cain. "It's been a long process for us and I'm glad to be at this point where we can move forward."

Board president Venus Cain says it's time to reunite.

Pringle has more than 20 years experience in education.

She overseas 24 schools and almost 20,000 students as District 2 superintendent of Dekalb County schools in Atlanta.

Qualities Cain says make her believe they've chosen the right person for the job.

"She has worked extensively in her community with community organizations, business folks, the Chamber and I think that's something that we desperately need," Cain said.

And it's a hire Cain also calls historic--especially for women and young girls in the area.

"She will be the first woman superintendent that we have ever had in the history of Richmond County," said Cain. "She's setting the trail for other women in the community."

This hire is official, pending Pringle signs on the dotted line.

Cain says they hope Pringle will sign her contract sometime this week and they hope to get all of the paperwork done before Labor Day.

But, because Dr. Roberson's contract is up on August 22, the plan is for Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey to take over as interim superintendent during the transition.

Board members Alex Howard and Jack Padgett were the two who voted no.

Pringle was not at the meeting Tuesday morning.

Friday, Aug. 13, 2014

RICHMOND COUNTY (WRDW)- Richmond County is even closer to getting a new superintendent.

The Richmond County Board of Education will select the new superintendent on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Before they make their final decision board members and parents had more questions for the sole finalist Dr. Angela Pringle.

Dr. Angela Pringle hopes to fill this empty superintendent seat.

"Where you see yourself in 5 years?"
"In Richmond County," said Dr. Angela Pringle.

A big responsibility in our area's biggest county and today parents, grandparents and board members got some face time with the finalist.

"The first thing I need to do is listen and understand Richmond County and I mentioned in my interview seek first to understand than to be understood," Dr. Pringle said.

Dr. Pringle says the top two issues here are the attendance rate and graduation rate.

"We need to impress upon the students that you must come to school in order to learn but we also must work with our parents," Gwendlyn Watts said.

"I want parents at the table, and I intend to put somethings in place that if hired I'd like to put some things in place to ensure parents feel good about being in the schools," Dr. Pringle said.

Gwendlyn Watts is a grandmother of three kids in Richmond County schools, from kindergarten to high school.

"What are you going to do to help the teachers to be better prepared or more effective in the class room?" asked Watts.

Dr. Pringle's answer, teachers need additional planning time and says things like webinars can help them continue their own education.

"She seems to be business oriented as well as personnel oriented she cares about the people," Watts said.

Another issue the audience asked about, furlough days. Dr. Pringle said in her district they have graduated furlough days where teachers who make more money have more furlough days than those who don't. Something she hopes to bring to Richmond County.

"It's something I'd like to propose I think it builds morale, and it really puts the money where it needs to be which is in the classroom," Dr. Pringle said.

If you weren't able to make the meeting, but still have questions. You have until Aug. 18 to ask them or leave any comments you have leave them on their office line 706-724-0558.

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