Interim Bibb superintendent having ‘listening sessions’ on priorities

Staff reportJune 11, 2013 

Bibb County residents will get two chances next week to tell the school system’s interim superintendent what they think the district’s priorities for improvement should be.

Steve Smith is inviting school system employees, students, parents, business leaders and other residents to participate in two focus groups and listening sessions next week at Central High School. The first session will be June 18 at 6:30 p.m. The second will be June 20 at 9:30 a.m. Both sessions will be held in the auditorium at Central High School, 2155 Napier Ave.

The sessions will give Smith an opportunity to speak directly with educators, students and the community about what they think the district’s main priorities for improvement should be over the next year, according to a statement from the system.

“This is a strictly voluntary opportunity for our teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members to share with us what they think we are doing that we don’t need to do, and what we are not doing that we need to do,” Smith said.

“I want to know what the most pressing issues within our school system are from their perspective. This will help me develop a list of priorities to address the immediate needs.”

Each session will begin with a 15-minute introduction. Guests will then break up into focus groups, which will be directed by retired educators. Each session is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Those who are unable to attend either session but still want to provide input about the school system’s direction over the next year will have an opportunity to comment as well.

The district will be setting up a survey during the summer to let residents voice their concerns.

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