Monday, July 30, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Richmond County students will be starting school in two weeks, but just last week, board members announced a huge change to transfer the Glenn Hills High School principal to the alternative school.
Dr. Wayne Frazier is known to be a tough principal and the move has a lot of people talking.
Frazier said he was surprised by the news and that he got two different stories as to why he was being moved.
He has headed up Glenn Hills High School since 2009 and hasn't gone unnoticed.
Glenn Hills High School junior Jasmine Miller said, "Before he came to Glenn Hills, like Glenn Hills was really out of control, kids running around, doing things that they weren't supposed to do and when he got there, he really controlled the school."
Sophomore Cedric Millis said, "He tells everybody, like when you see him in the hallway, he tells you to pull up your pants."
Frazier is known to be strict and is credited for improving the low-performing school's graduation rates.
But then last week, Dr. Frank Roberson made a recommendation.
"He made the recommendation that we move him and that the situation at Glenn Hills be put on an interim basis," said board member Jack Padgett Jr.
Moving him back to Tubman, the alternative school, where he was before.
Frazier says he was told Tubman needed his help again, but Padgett said, "There had been some other concerns during the year and the way the school was managed, but I think the bottom line on the whole thing was the math scores."
They cite declining math scores and a mass exodus of teachers.
"Was he not spending enough time in the academics and working too much in the hallways and keeping everything straight and that seems to be his strength," Padgett said.
Reta Blackwell's granddaughter is a senior at Glenn Hills High.
"I do think this is a good move for him," she said.
She described him as, "He was very unapproachable, very hard to talk to."
Blackwell isn't too upset to see him go.
"When you think you are the almighty God, you've already set yourself up for failure," she said.
Others can't say the same.
"He was doing really good and keeping the kids out of trouble and keeping them in school and stuff so I'm pretty sad that he's leaving," Miller said.
School leaders say they consider this a lateral move, as Frazier is going to get paid the same.
Within the month, he will know if his position at Tubman will be permanent.
Current Assistant Principal at Glenn Hills Charles Givens will serve as interim principal.
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