Literacy, mathematics, leadership change marks new school year in Richmond County

RCSS Superintendent reports 2016-2017 will be great.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Students returned home in Richmond County after the first day of classes. Earlier, we caught up with the Superintendent to see what her vision is for the year.

Dr. Angela Pringle began the students’ day very early and part of that time was spent at the new Literacy Center, which used to be the old National Hills Elementary school. There, students are given that extra push in hopes of giving them academic success.

It was all positive energy as NewsChannel6 walked down the hallway.  Inside, you could find students working hard towards the district’s new focus, reading.

“We’re pulling those children, grades 4-6, who continue to need that support into one location where we can work with Augusta University and some other experts in the field of literacy and mathematics to really help them get on track,” Pringle told us.

Pringle also rode the bus with students to make sure that process is going better than it did last year when complaints of services filled the district and our news room several weeks after the first day of school.

She told us, “We reorganized our transportation department.  A total reorganization.  We have received at this point within the last year 50 new buses.  That has remedied the situation and retrained our drivers.”

She has high hopes for the new year with five schools earning the International Baccalaureate (IB) title. Schools in jeopardy of a state takeover through Opportunity School District (OSD) received new leadership and new teachers.

Parents have a hand in the success too.

“That was one area that we really found challenging and we have to work on a little more is getting our parents on board with supporting students,” Pringle said, pointing to some parents actually telling her they would volunteer more during the school year.

She also touched on the T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School merger with Murphy Middle School upon our asking.  She said most parents are at peace with the venture the district dubbed rightsizing since the combination actually includes two separate schools on one campus, thus decreasing the amount of times younger and older students co-mingle.

As the first day, Superintendent Pringle planned to stay on the first day until the final student returned home.

Photojournalist: Troy Robinson

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