Bibb BOE continues to review superintendent applications

jmink@macon.comMay 13, 2014 

The Bibb County school board continues to review 23 superintendent applications.

The board met Tuesday during a called meeting to further study the applications, which were officially given to the board April 16.

The school board did not make a decision Tuesday, and members are still reviewing applications, board member Lynn Farmer said.

The board has set several qualifications for the system’s new leader, including a preference that the next superintendent have previous experience leading a school system similar to Bibb County.

The Georgia School Boards Association, which helped conduct the superintendent search, separated the 23 candidates into three tiers -- from the most qualified to the least qualified. A majority of the applicants are from Georgia.

Meanwhile, the board also approved a resolution to support and partner with the One Macon initiative.

Representatives presented information Tuesday about that effort, which is made up of a group of local organizations with a plan to improve the community.

“Our goal is to raise prosperity and wealth in our community,” co-chairman Robbo Hatcher said.

And the local school system is a big part of that initiative. The areas of focus are schools, jobs and places, and representatives specifically requested a strong business-education partnership in Macon.

“Partnership is the key word there,” co-chairwoman Kathryn Dennis said. “It’s about how to support the good work that you’re doing.”

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 744-4331.

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