Richmond County School System, Georgia

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Richmond County School System
Richmond County, Georgia
Richmond County School System logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Angela D. Pringle
Enrollment:31,501 students
Graduation rate:83.1%[1]
Number of schools:61
Budget: $485.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Venus Cain
Board members:10
Term length:4
Richmond County School System is a school district in Georgia that serves Richmond County. It is the 12th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 31,501 students in 61 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

About the district

Richmond County School System is located in Richmond County, Georgia
Richmond County School System is located in Richmond County, Georgia. The county seat of Richmond County is Augusta. Richmond County is home to 200,549 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Richmond County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.8 percent of Richmond County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Richmond County was $38,952 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Richmond County was 24.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Richmond County (%) Georgia (%)
White 39.8 62.8
Black or African American 55.2 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.8 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 4.5 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 66.5 32.7 0.7
2008 65.6 33.8 0.6
2004 56.7 42.9 0.4
2000 54.7 44.4 0.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of RIchmond County School System is Dr. Angela D. Pringle, who was appointed to the position in August 2014. Pringle has worked in education since 1985. Prior to her appointment, Pringle served as superintendent of Dekalb County Public Schools. She has also served as a math teacher and principal in Danville Public Schools in Virginia and a principal and human resource director in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia.[4]

School board

The Richmond County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of ten members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by geographic district, and two members are elected at-large.[5]

Richmond County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Marion E. Barnes District 1 2016
Eloise K. Curtis District 2 2014
Alex Howard District 3 2014
Barbara Pulliam District 4 2016
Patsy Scott District 5 2016
Jack Padgett District 6 2014
Frank Dolan District 7 2014
Jimmy Atkins District 8 2016
Venus Cain At-large District 9 2014
Helen Minchew At-large District 10 2016

School board elections

See also: Richmond County School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Five seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2008:

The public at all times shall be afforded access to meetings declared open to the public pursuant to Board policy or governed by Open Meeting statutes of the State of Georgia. At these open meetings, visual, sound, and visual and sound recording shall be permitted.

The public shall not be allowed to address issues or to speak on matters of public concern at such meetings provided seven (7) business days prior to such meeting, a written request has been given to the Superintendent requesting permission to be placed on the agenda and generally stating the subject matter of the request to speak. Time restrictions of three (3) minutes and current procedures for speaking at the Board Meetings shall apply to each person allowed to speak.

To the extent allowed by Open Meetings Law, employees shall be protected from undue personal attacks by citizens in public meetings.[6]

—Richmond County School System's website, (2008) [7]


The table below displays the budget for Richmond County Public Schools:[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $211,478,583.74 38.4% $37,380,969 6.8% $228,564,444 41.5% $38,057,603 6.9% $35,800,295 6.5% $551,281,894.74
2014-2015 $196,208,527 40.4% $53,316,753 11% $202,103,489 41.6% $30,153,875 6.2% $3,811,805 0.8% $485,594,449
Averages: $203,843,555.37 39% $45,348,861 9% $215,333,966.5 42% $34,105,739 7% $19,806,050 4% $518,438,171.87

Teacher salaries

Richmond County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[9]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Richmond County School System


The district served 31,501 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.5 percent decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 32,312 N/A
2009-2010 32,355 0.1
2010-2011 32,038 -1.0
2011-2012 31,615 -1.3
2012-2013 31,738 0.4
2013-2014 31,501 -0.7

District schools

Richmond County School System operates 61 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Richmond County School System Schools
School Name
A. Brian Merry Elementary School
A. R. Johnson
The Academy for Advanced Placement Studies
Academy of Richmond County
Alternative Education Center
Barton Chapel Elementary School
Bayvale Elementary School
Blythe Elementary School
Butler High School
C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet
Copeland Elementary School
Craig-Houghton Elementary School
Cross Creek High School
Davidson Fine Arts
Deer Chase Elementary School
Diamond Lakes Elementary School
Freedom Park School
Garrett Elementary School
Glenn Hills Elementary School
Glenn Hills High School
Glenn Hills Middle School
Goshen Elementary School
Gracewood Elementary School
Hains Elementary School
Hephzibah Elementary School
Hephzibah High School
Hephzibah Middle School
Hornsby K-8 School
The International Baccalaureate Programme (located at Richmond Academy)
Jamestown Elementary School
Jenkins-White Elementary School
Lake Forest Hills Elementary School
Lamar-Milledge Elementary School
Langford Middle School
Lighthouse Care Center
Lucy C. Laney High School
McBean Elementary School
Meadowbrook Elementary School
Monte Sano Elementary School
Morgan Road Middle School
Murphey Middle School
National Hills Elementary School
Pine Hill Middle School
Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School
Roy E. Rollins Elementary School
Sand Hills
Sego Middle School
Spirit Creek Middle School
Southside Elementary School
Sue Reynolds Elementary School
Terrace Manor Elementary School
Tobacco Road Elementary School
Tubman Education Center
Tutt Middle School
T.W. Josey High School
Warren Road Elementary School
Westside High School
Wheeless Road Elementary School
Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School
Willis Foreman Elementary School
Windsor Spring Elementary School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2013-2014 school year:[12][13]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 85.1
3 ELA 77.6
3 Math 67.6
3 Science 60.3
3 Social Science 64.1
4 Reading 84.8
4 ELA 76.6
4 Math 68.7
4 Science 62.8
4 Social Science 64.5
5 Reading 89.7
5 ELA 88.7
5 Math 76.4
5 Science 70.3
5 Social Science 65.3

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 95.0
6 ELA 83.8
6 Math 65.5
6 Science 51.9
6 Social Science 55.4
7 Reading 90.1
7 ELA 86.4
7 Math 73.9
7 Science 70.6
7 Social Science 63.0
8 Reading 95.4
8 ELA 89.6
8 Math 64.5
8 Science 61.6
8 Social Science 64.6

Contact information

Richmond County School System logo.jpeg
Richmond County School System
864 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 826-1000

See also

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