The county is named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond, a British politician and office-holder sympathetic to the cause of the American colonies. Richmond was also a first cousin to King George III.
Richmond County was established in 1777 by the first Constitution of the (newly independent) State of Georgia. As such, it is one of the original counties of the state. It was formed out of a portion of the colonial Parish of St. Paul, after the Revolution disestablished the Church of England in the (former) Royal Province of Georgia.
The vast majority of Richmond County is located in the Middle Savannah River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin, with just the southwestern corner of the county, from a line running north from Blythe through the middle of Fort Gordon, located in the Brier River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin.
The Richmond County School System, located in historic Augusta, Georgia, is home to over 32,000 students in 56 schools, making it the 10th largest school district in Georgia.
With over 4,000 employees, RCSS is the third largest employer in Augusta-Richmond County.
RCSS boasts having the oldest public school in the south and 5th oldest public high school in America. Several RCSS schools are on the National Register of Historic places. Although steeped in history, Richmond County strives to move education forward and to provide students with opportunities to succeed. .
Board of Education
The Board of Education is a policy-making body and serves as a legislative body in the development and evaluation of policies. While the board is responsible for school programs and operations by law, it delegates some portion of that authority to the Superintendent. The board is governed by a President and a Vice-President who are elected by and from the board membership every two years on the Saturday preceding the second Thursday in January.
Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Boardroom. Committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. The day and hour of these meetings are set each year at the first meeting in January and advertised in the local media. Any changes will be advertised in the local media several days in advance.