Today some local parents and concerned citizens will be taking their concerns about a Richmond County principal straight to the Board of Education, hoping to have her removed from the school. Barclay Bishop has more.
Copeland Elementary School principal, Kimberly Davis, is the one in the hot seat, that's according to some Richmond county residents. They claim she has been abusing her power, and that it's having an effect on her students. A petition was started about a month ago, and so far it has more than 100 signatures on it. The petition is for the removal of Principal Davis, stating that she unfairly suspended several children. They also say she endangered some of them by allowing children to get a ride home from adults they didn't know, without notifying the parents that this was happening. Last week we took these concerns to Richmond County Superintendent, Dr. Frank Roberson.
"Superintendent Roberson said there is no problem in Richmond County public schools and that's what prompted a lot of parents, this month, to sign the petition because they know that's not true," said Dr. Frank Beckles, Lead organizer of the rally. "We have people signing the petition who have kids that go to other schools that were mad at what's going on. So we're seeing a problem that's across the board."
"If there are any issues, I would encourage any credible parent to bring them to my attention. My door is open," said Dr. Frank Roberson, Superintendent of Richmond County Schools.
"There's no way he can say no parent has come forward. There's no way he can say I'm not aware of what's going on. There is no problem in Augusta Richmond County public schools, there's no way he can say that," responded Dr. Beckles.
Dr. Beckles tells WJBF News Channel 6 that he and several other parents have gone as far as meeting with an attorney about filing a lawsuit against Principal Davis. It is important to note that nothing had been filed as of June 4th.
Concerned parents will be meeting at the Pyramid Music store on Broad Street at 2pm. From there, they plan on walking the petition to the Board of Education building, hopeful that Dr. Roberson will accept it in person.
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