LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Dr. Angela Pringle, the new Richmond County School Superintendent, got the chance to hear the concerns of parents and employees at her first listening and feedback session Monday night.
"It's just an opportunity for me to hear from different people in the community about their expectations for the quality of education in Richmond County and their expectations for us as a school district in serving their children," Dr. Pringle said.
People were given three minutes to talk with Dr. Pringle in a public forum about any variety of topics.
"If I look over the last two years, it looks like about 70% of the students, if I'm reading this correctly, did not pass the EOCT," said retired teacher Barry Cook.
"I would like to see more Richmond County formed...more of a partnership with the industry around the area," said one mother.
For parents like Renee Coleman, she thinks this open line of communication is a major takeaway from the feedback session.
"She is a follow through and a follow up person. She did express that in speaking with me that it's not about just having programs in the schools, it's about holding people accountable in the follow up and follow through," Coleman said.
Dr. Pringle said she hopes to continue meetings like this throughout the school year to update parents on the progress being made.
"We have to be involved with the community and we must have the community involved with us. Whether they have children or not, public education is important to an entire community," Dr. Pringle said.
Coleman urges parents to take advantage of these feedback sessions in the future.
"If a superintendent, especially someone of that stature...a Dr. Pringle type, if she's giving you an opportunity, inviting you into her space, take that opportunity," said Coleman.
If you missed the meeting Monday, here are the dates and locations for the next meetings:
- Tuesday, Sept. 23 - Richmond County Technical Magnet School Auditorium at 2500 Lumpkin Road
- Monday, Oct. 6 – Laney High School at 1740 Walton Way
- Thursday, Oct. 9 - Garrett Elementary School gymnasium at 1100 Eisenhower Dr.
- Monday, Oct. 13 – Hephzibah High School gymnasium at 4558 Brothersville Rd. in Hephzibah