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Former principal returns to Columbia County

Posted: March 1, 2013 - 11:25am  |  Updated: March 3, 2013 - 1:01am
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A familiar face is returning to the Columbia County school system.

Jeff Carney, a former Lakeside High School principal who served a year as an associate superintendent before leaving two years ago to become superintendent of schools in Lincoln County, is returning to Columbia County as an associate superintendent.

Carney will fill in under Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway, who will become superintendent upon the retirement of current Superintendent Charles Nagle. The school board Tuesday approved Carney’s hiring.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved a $1,085,000 bid from the Continental Construction Co. for construction of a 12-room addition to Evans Middle School. The allocated budget was $1.5 million.

“We feel fortunate in these savings,” said Nagle.

The need to expand the school arose as the result of middle school rezonings approved in December in preparation for the planned August opening of the new Columbia Middle School. That school is relocating from its Columbia Road site in Appling to a campus on William Few Parkway.

When the new Columbia Middle opens, its population will grow to help relieve overcrowding at Grovetown Middle School.

The rezoning plan left Evans Middle above capacity by about 130 students, with the understanding that a planned expansion of the school would prevent overcrowding.

“Hopefully construction will start in the middle to the end of March because we want it to be open on Aug. 1 in time for the new school year,” Nagle said.

Board members also unamimously approved a measure that would create uniformity in money-handling by parent and booster organizations.

While some organizations are responsible for their own accounting of funds, by the beginning of July all organizations will have their money accounted for by their respective schools.

“Just to remove any connotation of any impropriety, we feel running the money through the school books is very important because we do an accounting of those daily, monthly and we provide a quarterly report for the organizations.” Nagle said.

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Evans Parent

School Funds

Has there been an issue with the handling of funds at Parent or Booster organizations in the county? Why does Mr. Nagle feel the need to use terms that immediately make people think others have done something illegal or improper? Did anyone on the board ask any of the organizations how they wish to have their money handled?

Evans Parent

School Funds

Has there been an issue with the handling of funds at Parent or Booster organizations in the county? Why does Mr. Nagle feel the need to use terms that immediately make people think others have done something illegal or improper? Did anyone on the board ask any of the organizations how they wish to have their money handled?

Just My Opinion

So, if I read this correctly,

So, if I read this correctly, all school groups won't have to have a "treasurer" to deposit funds for school trips, donations, fundraisers, etc.? A designated person(s) would collect the monies, hand them over to the school office personnel responsible for accounts/receivable, get a receipt, and then expect periodic account reports? Also, when funds are needed, these groups would just go to the school office for an approved check?
So what's the matter with that, Evans Parent? Honestly, what are your exact concerns? Seems better to me, but then again, I've never been in one of those groups.....or have I?

woodymeister

Must have hit close to home

Evans Parent, what's to so so upset about? Seems to me that the board is trying make the process the same at all of the schools in the system. While I have not heard of any mishandlings of funds, you might remember the recent neighborhood association that had funds missing. Are/were you a treasurer for one of these groups?

school bus driver

Insult

What an insult to Mr. Robert Jarrell!! His education as well as his knowledge would have been better served working with Sandra Carraway....she could have at least thrown him a bone and let him serve his remaining time before retiring doing this job.
Why bring in a has-been when Mr. Jarrell could have done the job?

SchoolBusDriver

Just My Opinion

Word is that Mr. Carney

Word is that Mr. Carney wasn't exactly accepted in Lincolnton...you know, that old "NFL" thing (Not From Lincolnton!). Seems that people don't take it too well when a new boss comes in and first thing he does is state that his job is to "save" the school system and bring them into the 21st century with his intelligent and insightful experience at Columbia County. Yeah, I can see how that would rub folks the wrong way.
Good luck to Mr. Carney is his new role back in Columbia County.

secretagentman

booster clubs

Ive always wondered by groups like the swim parent group at Lakeside could run their own checkbook, money etc-

Spelunkerman

Money, the root of everyones evil

Why the big deal about whom handles the moneys as long as it is accounted for in a responsible manner? Seems to me this stinks more of control than anything else. After a few discussions regarding this issue, it seems the only ones that will be harmed by all this will be the children, the very group fundraising is supposed to be for. Great job on both sides.

Spelunkerman

Dr. Carney

is vastly qualified to take on his new role. I commend the Board of Education for their insite into bringing him back. Dr. Carney implemented several changes at Lakeside High that were very successful to student achievement.

Evans Parent

Wow, people are incredibly

Wow, people are incredibly suspicious and ready to jump into intrigue! Since the article is apparently a summary of things, I was wondering if there was more to the story than what the reporter posted, and hoped for possibly more details from him. Didn't expect all the conspiracy theorists to jump in! Next time I have questions, I will know to email the reporter directly.

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