Richmond County school board votes to demolish old Davidson building

...board voted 6-0 to award the $220,000 bid to Augusta business Chaplin & Sons Clearing and Grading. Comptroller Gene Spires said the bid was the lowest of the eight companies that applied for the job, and that the project remains under the...

RCBOE considers adjust pay, hours of substitute teachers as budgetary control measure

...of substitute teachers in order to keep budgets balanced and remain "competitive" in the job market.Comptroller Gene Spires presented a revised pay and hour schedule during Tuesday's committee meeting, offering details on how changing current...

Richmond County school employees could see raises, no furlough days

...would eliminate furlough days and give raises to school employees.School Superintendent Angela Pringle and Comptroller Gene Spires said the new budget was created to "leverage resources toward improving student instruction," drawing from both new...

Richmond County Board of Education, Georgia politicians discuss education during breakfast

...impact that some of these upcoming issues will have on the teachers and student we take care of every day."Comptroller Gene Spires asked the politicians to not support legislation that would give revenue from public schools systems to charter or private...

Richmond County Board of Education to outsource printing of customized math textbooks

...using an outside printing company would help take the strain off the school system's printing house.Comptroller Gene Spires recommended the board hire Augusta Blueprint to print the school's customized advanced algebra textbooks for the seventh...

Board votes to make Pringle interview public, approves new millage

...new rate is 19.972 mils, a very small drop from last year's rate of 19.982.Under this new rate, those owning a house worth $100,000 would have their property taxes dropped by 35 cents, according to Board Controller Gene Spires.

Richmond County Board of Education proposes slight drop in millage

...property owners a few cents but would keep tax rates mostly the same.The tentative millage rate proposed by Controller Gene Spires was 19.972 mills, a slight drop from 19.982 mills. If the proposed rate is passed, the owner of a house worth...

Richmond County school board votes to fill vacant positions to ease staff workload

...student services position into a directorship could save the school system "around $40,000," according to Controller Gene Spires. Spires added the saved funds would ensure that filling the two positions would not drastically impact the budget...

Richmond County teachers may have five less furlough days next year in proposed budget

...will set dates for additional meetings to discuss the budget before it must be passed at the end of June.Controller Gene Spires said part of the relief is due to the fact that the state restored some education funding that has been withheld since...

Health care cost worries lock out Richmond County substitutes

...roughly $1.6 million budgeted in that department on certified and uncertified substitute teachers," Comptroller Gene Spires said. "That money also goes toward getting substitutes for things like clerical workers, so you can see just how...