News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- School has been in session for weeks now, but Tuesday was the first day on the job for Richmond County's top educator.
Dr. Angela Pringle will lead the area's largest school system for at least three years. Richmond County's first female superintendent says one of her first assignments will be getting parents involved.
It's been a boys club since the beginning, but that changed Tuesday.
"Today was a great first day," said Dr. Angela Pringle.
For the first time in her career Dr. Pringle will lead a school system. A school system that's been in session for 22 days.
"Probably a perfect time to come. School has started and so we have time. We have some time to really see how things are going right here in the mist of school running," she told News 12.
Dr. Pringle's first day was mostly about meeting and greeting at the central office, but she did manage one school visit with more coming up.
"By October get into every school. My goal is to visit three schools per day, so mid October or so my goal is to complete that process," she said.
Her three year contract will pay about $170,000 a year and comes with a responsibility to raise the grade.
"Dr. Pringle has done her homework. She's knows some of the problems we are having," said board member Barbara Pulliam.
It's not just about raising the educational bar. The board also expects her to work with parents, something she says she's ready to do.
"Every parent wants the best for their own child, but I am coming after the parents. We want them involved. We want them engaged and I plan to spend sometime communicating that," she said.
Dr. Pringle has already signed her contract and she'll be sworn in on Thursday. In the next couple of weeks she'll hold what she calls community listening sessions and says everyone is welcome. As soon as she gets that schedule to us, we'll pass it along.