Banks County School System superintendent has announced his retirement.
In an email to all staff members on Aug 4, Banks County School Superintendent Chris Erwin announced he plans to retire by Dec. 1, 2013.
Erwin has served as superintendent in Banks County for over 10 years.
Erwin said, “I am tremendously proud of the accomplishments that have been achieved in Banks County these past 10 years that have created better schools for our children. With the vision and leadership of the school board and the entire Banks County community, we increased the rigor in all the schools with the implementation of an instructional model that is based on best practices. We have improved school attendance and reduced student dropouts, received much deserved state recognition and have given our children much needed hope. We have adopted 'Attitude Is Everything’ as our mantra in an effort to ensure student success.”
Erwin said the past 10 years had been an enormously rewarding experience for him as an educator. I feel it is time to pass the leadership torch. An educator is all I have ever wanted to be. I’ve had the privilege of being a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and I’ve been blessed to be a superintendent in Banks County. These are experiences that I will always treasure.”
Erwin said he planned to remain engaged in education after his retirement.
“Education has never just been a job for me," he said. "It is a passion that is my life’s calling. I will continue to work to help children in every way I can. I wish to thank all of you, my colleagues, for your faith in me and the way you have transformed education for our children. You are all truly remarkable!”
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OK BOE you have a chance to right some previous wrongs. If you TRY, you can find a new super with a salary that IS NOT AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE STATE!! And please try to remember that there is only ONE HIGH SCHOOL in the county. From Chris's salary, you would think there were at least four. Oh, and this time, please read the contract before the county is committed to pay the big bucks.
OK BOE you now have an opportunity to right some previous wrongs. You can hire a new Super at a salary that suits the county's financial structure instead of paying one of the highest salaries in the state to run 4 - count them- 4 schools with only one being a high school. And this time PLEASE READ THE CONTRACT before you sign it.
The current superintendent salary is actually in the middle of the states salary range and lower then many nearby school systems with less students. I guess you should look at actual facts before spouting off reteritc you've hear from other members of the uninformed masses.
Banks County Superintendent makes roughly the same as Greenville County South Carolina school superintendent. Banks County has roughly 3000 (rounded) students. Greenville County South Carolina has roughly 65000 (rounded) students. WHY? Now Anonymous the county raised taxes just last year as reported in this very paper and all of a sudden we see 'beautiful new landscaping - rose bushes, going in with new fangled electronic signs. Then we had a report in this very paper again that Banks County spending was in the red (we won't even mention the water sprinklers running full force during numerious rain deluges this past summer (Homer water system?). Spending in the red should negate planting rose bushes and signs of any kind! Then all of a sudden, another raise just a month ago. What happened I ask, do we need to plant crape myrtles at the front door? And I ask, why such high salaries? My company tells me if I don't like the salary then go elsewhere. I say go, and take your Banks County personal family employees with you but let's see if taxes go up to raise the salary of the new super! Now Mr/Ms Anonymous, you've been informed!
Actually all the landscaping that was done comes from SPLOST money, which is entirely separate from the school budget. Just FYI. It also paid for the ridiculous band "practice field" in the front of the school.
The kids in the band deserve their practice field. If you want to knock how the BOE spends the SPLOST money, that's your problem. But until you understand what the field is for please don't comment about what little support the band receives. Those kids work hard four days a week getting ready for their competitions. They have at least three competitions a season and one final competition. This year's band has placed 4th against some really large bands. So..Thank you BOE for the "Band Practice Field!!"
I was not questioning if the band needed a practice field but the amount of money was RIDICULOUS that was spent, and it basically is just replanted grass.
I dont have a problem with the field for the band, but couldnt they have found a better place to put than right in front of the school???
Agreed! But it does fit right in with the tacky landscaping!
Why do I care what a super in south carolina makes? this is georgia. it seems as though you hunted down some specific super's salary so your comment could be correct.
I'm questioning what difference it makes, SC or Ga it's still off balance. It shows how warped the salary scale in Georgia really is. Do you really like paying ungodly salaries while in your own paper last week there were TWO pages of tax sales. These are PEOPLE who are losing their homes because they DO NOT have the money to pay taxes for what ever reason (maybe lack of JOBS!!). All while school taxes go up, up, up in order to plant rose bushes! Remember, not everyone picks chicken do from their toenails!
And how is this average calculated professor? Counties with NO jobs, NO business aka Homer/Banks County fighting with counties Gwinett/Hall/Clarke do HAVE TAX CREATING REVENUE!!! Until Banks County get's off the toilet and creates tax income STOP THE (insert profanity) UNGODLY SALARIES!
And just how did you come up with 'average salary' professor? Did you include the entire state of Georgia and ALL it's school systems or did you include schools with the same student population as Banks? Umm, Was Gwinette, Fulton, Chatham, Bibb, Clarke, Hall, Cobb included. Or was it Towns, Rabun, Oglethorpe, Franklin schools calculated? Put down the bottle and do some real calculating before you justify $150,000 for Banks!