Richmond County Superintendent finalist chosen

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Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Dr. Angela Pringle from Dekalb County has been chosen as the Richmond County Superintendent finalist.

It was supposed to be a 30 minute called board meeting, but after nearly an hour in executive session, board members came out with a bit of a surprise.

We thought they were announcing three candidates. Instead, they just announced their one top finalist. That finalist is Dr. Angela Pringle. She's the Region 2 Superintendent for Dekalb County Schools.

"This individual is from Dekalb County. She has her doctorate. She is an assisant superintendent over an area of Dekalb County," board member Jack Padgett said.

That means she's over roughly 24 schools and 20,000 students. She fits almost all the qualities people said they wanted in the community survey. Dr. Pringle would be a first for Richmond County schools.

"This would be the first woman superintendent that we've had," Padgett said.

Even though she's the sole finalist for Dr. Roberson's job, there's still a lot to be done before she gets the title.

"She'll be re-interviewed, and a lot of stuff goes on in the second interview," Padgett said.

The re-interview includes important questions like salary and how she'll make progress here in Richmond County.

"The only reservations I had is all the problems Dekalb County's had," Padgett admitted.

Dekalb is Georgia's third largest school district. It also ranks at the top in bad behavior and as one of the worst for bullying. Back in 2012, the school system was put on probation for alleged financial problems, nepotism and infighting.

But, coming from similar demographics, the board thinks Pringle is suited to get Richmond County on track. They hope the community gives her a chance.

"Let's reach out to her. Let's work with her. Let's not run her off like we tend to do people before we get them here. I think we've got a good choice, and I need the community to support the board," board President Venus Cain said.

Tuesday starts the 14 days of public comment before the board can make their final decision. So, if you have anything you want to say, now is the time. Cain says the public can reach out to the board with comment and even leave messages at their office line: (706) 724-0558

Richmond County is the area's largest school system with more than 32,000 students and 2,500 teachers working in 61 schools. Add in a multi-million dollar budget and you've got Augusta's fourth largest employer.

Board members decided not to renew Roberson's contract in March.

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