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Rabil resigns

Published 10:27am Friday, October 26, 2012

BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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FRANKLIN—Franklin City Public Schools’ second-top administrator is leaving to reportedly taking a job with the state Department of Education working with low-performing schools.

Beverly Rabil, associate director of instruction, did not return repeated phone calls to The Tidewater News.

Rabil’s secretary did confirm that Rabil was leaving, but gave no other details.

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle did not return a phone call, while Gail Wade, director of human resources and administrative services, said she could not confirm Rabil’s departure.

School Board Chairwoman Edna King said Thursday she did not know anything about Rabil leaving.

School Board members Will Councill had no comment, while Cindy Fillhart said she was not aware of Rabil’s departure. School board members Glenn Hopkins and Verta Jackson did not return calls.

“That is Franklin’s loss,” Fillhart said.

As for filling that position, “We’ll look at total staff and then decide about filling the position,” said King.

  • A

    Know nothing & no comments. Strange. Surely someone is happy or sad or something. Maybe stunned or at a loss for what to say or do; better to say nothing? Who or what has failed; the system, the administration, teachers, the students, parents or families? Can it be “fixed”? Not unless some leadership steps forward. Seems like a small ship being tossed in the storm and its going to take more than one bailer and a few monday morning quarterbacks to save the day. Don’t Back Down!!

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  • johnhenry

    Anyone will any intelligents would leave a sinking ship, why not this lady? The next 5 years will be rough even if we had all the players in place today which we do not. There is no short term resolution. Even with the best leadership, it will take 5 years to obtain a reasonable eduction status.

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  • Keepingit real

    Most of these comments are flat out rediculous! Stop judging people based on the fact that you like them. That clouds your judgement. Put the facts out there. Not saying that Belle is the answer, but if you have been in a postion for many years and your job is the director of instruction, please tell me how you performed your job when the results show failure. The problem in the entire FCPS is the old regime. Instruction methods have changed and trying to hold on to what worked many years ago only allows to pass you by, as evident by SOL scores. But hey, at least you liked her!

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    • independent

      Do you think VDOE might know something about the most up to date methods? For several years, Rabil has presented in national conferences for VDOE and could have left anytime. The board and us citizens should ask, why now? What kind of culture exists in our city that creates the challenges for smart, talented, and hard working educators like Rusnak, Rabil,and others who care about all children?

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  • chaos

    Franklin is losing one of the best assets we have. The State Dept. understands exactly how great Bev is. Too bad Dr. Belle and the school board don’t. If we thought we were in trouble before just wait… now that the glue that held it all together for this long is gone watch the central office crumble and our schools suffer. Dr. Belle just lost her left hand, right hand and what mind she had.

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  • SandMan

    Beverly Rabil, associate director of instruction, did not return repeated phone calls to The Tidewater News.

    Rabil’s secretary did confirm that Rabil was leaving, but gave no other details.

    Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle did not return a phone call, while Gail Wade, director of human resources and administrative services, said she could not confirm Rabil’s departure.

    School Board Chairwoman Edna King said Thursday she did not know anything about Rabil leaving.

    School Board members Will Councill had no comment, while Cindy Fillhart said she was not aware of Rabil’s departure. School board members Glenn Hopkins and Verta Jackson did not return calls.SO…..how do we know she’s leaving????

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  • franklin6

    Hopefully, Franklin will benefit from her expertise at another level now that she will not be constrained and marginalized by her current bosses, including the school board….some of whom may be well intended though perhaps uninformed and misguided. Hopefully someone will check and notice that the only advance made by FCPS since Union Camp days was under Rabil’s leadership as interim. Remember, there are many reasons for decline, including no continuity of leadership at the very top and on the board. Some honest and open discussion might help.

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  • 1reader

    Bev is a huge asset to FCPS. She will be greatly missed. The previous comments are obviously written by ill- informed readers.

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  • shocked

    Wow! VDOE has hired someone who has been in the second-top administrative position in Franklin as the school system continued to decline, even before Belle was hired. Reading this article just confirms that VDOE is confused and that’s why the education system is the way it is!! Best of luck to this lady in her new position and hopefully Franklin will replace her with someone who can come in and get things done- besides the Director of Instruction has the most critical role in the education process!

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  • franklinmom

    If I were her, I would have been looking for a job just to get away from Belle! Good for her to distance herself from the craziness. She can only implement what those above her allow, and it only WORKS with the support from below. Sadly, she has crap for both.

    I think this is a step for Franklin in the right direction. Change is good. Out with the old; in with the new. Hopefully they will NOT replace her with someone in-house… OR with someone who KNOWS somebody on the school board/central office/etc. We need a new set of eyes.

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    • JustWondering

      Everywhere you go, there you are. Let’s hope that quote is true and that the craziness goes with the one who caused, sustains and demands it. Keeping it real; thank you for keeping it real. VDOE is obviously out of touch and not only could not have checked references but could not have looked at the shape that FCPS is in and the fact that the director of instruction has been in that role for YEARS and has been running schools – right into the ground. I know Bev and agree that she can be a pleasant woman but you have to separate that from the fact that she simply does not know how to lead curriculum and instruction. I’ve also seen her presentations and one word about that. Zzzzzzz

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  • jenbarry

    Happy2 you hit the nail on the head! This is a huge loss for Franklin city. I have known Bev for many years and she is awesome at what she does! I wish her much luck!

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    • smoke14

      The last two comments are right. Mrs. Rabil was one of the best things that FHS had going for them. Good for her.

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  • happy2

    Sorry the last two comments are laughable, the state knows she is good, they also know Belle is not. Belle is the issue, Rabil was doing what the state required of her in that position! I wish her good luck and I am sure she is happy away from Belles craziness and laziness!

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    • JustWondering

      Two questions Happy2: Which part did the state require – the 25 page lesson plans, the talking hatefully to people, the lies, the 30 different monthly reports or the marathon meetings every other day? How did Franklin get so lucky to have the state “require” of them what no other division in the state is “required” to do?

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  • gunner58

    Has the Department of Education noticed that this woman has already been working with some of the lowest performing schools and they are still sub-par? Is this an example of the Peter Principle?

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    • amysuite14

      My sentiments exactly gunner…what fool would hire her at the state dept. level? Sorry, I like Bev but Director of Instruction she is NOT.

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      • tnbnurse

        Agreed! Change is good and maybe some of these people who have been with the system for years need to step away. In my opinion wipe the slate clean and start over.

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