First Bibb school system ‘listening session’ is Tuesday night

Staff reportJune 18, 2013 

The Bibb County school system’s interim superintendent is having the first of two “listening sessions” Tuesday night at Central High School.

Students, parents, school employees and any other residents are invited to the gathering to tell Steve Smith what they think the school district’s priorities for improvement should be.

The session begins at 6:30 p.m. at the high school, located at 2155 Napier Ave. A second session is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, also at Central.

Smith, who was sworn in June 3, has said he may serve up to a year. Romain Dallemand was the system’s superintendent for two years before the Bibb County school board bought out his contract.

Smith will speak briefly with those in attendance, then try to find what they think the district’s main priorities for improvement should be over the next year. He wants to see what they think are the most pressing issues within the system.

Each session will begin with a 15-minute introduction. Then those on hand will break up into focus groups, 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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