Some board members are wary about elected superintendent

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga
(WRDW) --

Richmond County schools will soon have a new top educator. The school board offered Dr. Angela Pringle the job as the next superintendent. But not everyone voted yes. The vote came down 7-2.

Jack Padgett and Alex Howard were both against bringing in Pringle. "My position has been and was throughout the interview process, I thought we were going to bring in someone with superintendent experience," Padgett said.

Pringle has experience with a large district. In Dekalb County, she was in charge of twenty four schools, which is less than half of what she will have now, and she wasn't leading an entire school system. "We have one of the largest systems in the state and i do think instead of training someone we need someone who already has that background," said Padgett.

But board president Venus Cain says those qualities make her the perfect leader. "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.

In an earlier interview, Dr. Pringle says she is prepared for the job. "I think I have captured experiences in all areas," Pringle said.

Ready or not, Pringle is coming, and Padgett says he and the rest of the board will stand behind her. "We'll just have to wait and see and we hope for the best from her," he said. And Cain is looking toward the future, "I'm glad to be at this point where we can move forward," she said.

Alex Howard was in Atlanta today and could not get back to us on why he opposed Pringle.

One of the things many parents are excited about is Pringle's stance on making everyone more involved with the school board. The Parent Teacher Association in Dekalb County, her current job, said she is very hands on and supportive of parents.


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