Bibb Countys interim superintendent once recruited Erin Weaver to be his deputy. On Thursday night, Steve Smith did it again.
The school board voted 7-0 Thursday night to bring Weaver out of retirement to be a partial replacement for Susanne Griffin-Ziebart, the departing deputy superintendent of school improvement and redesign. Years ago, Smith recruited Weaver from a tenured professorship to be his assistant principal at Central High School. Weaver went on to lead Central High and retired at the end of 2011 as Bibb Countys director of early childhood education.
Griffin-Ziebart is slated to leave the Bibb County school system next week for a comparable job in Minnesota.
Smith has turned to other Bibb County veterans for help in jobs as diverse as his administrative assistant, an attorney to work with discipline and a retired educator to help with test scores.
Weaver told The Telegraph on Thursday that she plans to work half-time for the next year, until the school board can find replacements for her and Smith.
Ill do whatever the system needs me to do, whatever Mr. Smith needs me to do. Ill do whatever I can to assist in any way, she said. I miss my teacher friends. I miss my principal friends. I miss the smiles on the first day of school. And Im ready to give back to Bibb County.
Weaver said shes ready to return to work, but her start date hasnt yet been set. She said she expects much of her time would be focused on the districts strategic plan, grants, programs and people.
Board President Wanda West, a former superintendent, said Smith recommended Weaver and can work well with her.
We believe this is a good beginning, West said.
Separately, the Bibb County school board also voted 7-0, with board member Ella Carter absent, to buy land for a new Heard Elementary School. The property is assessed at $75,313 and the school system agreed to pay $78,509.65, but a land swap may change those numbers, officials said. The main parcel of land is at 6585 Houston Road, adjacent to the school property.
The school board spent nearly three hours in closed-door discussions Thursday, but took no other action.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.