The Bibb County school system is making plans to set its millage rate this month, the system’s chief financial officer, Ron Collier, said Friday.
“We just got the final digest and rollback rate this (past) week,” Collier said. “The first thing we want to do is set up a timetable and then go from there.”
Collier said he expects the board to set a millage rate within the coming weeks.
In June, the school system adopted its 2011 fiscal year budget, which did not call for a tax increase. Collier would not elaborate on whether that is subject to change.
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This school year, Bibb anticipates spending $178.5 million and is projected to collect $77.6 million in local property taxes and keep the millage rate at 17.9 mills.
Jones County teacher named new PAGE president
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators announced that Richard Thomas, a science teacher at Gray Station Middle School in Jones County, is the new president of the 80,000 member PAGE organization. His one-year term began July 1.
Thomas has been a PAGE member since 1990, and has served as a member of the PAGE board for district 11, which represents a 13-county area in Middle Georgia.
He has also been instrumental in the coordination of numerous successful membership and professional learning meetings in his district. More recently in preparation for assuming the president’s position, Thomas presided over the PAGE Legislative Task Force setting the organization’s legislative agenda.
Thomas was elected to the president position in June. As a part of his duties, he will preside over all meetings of the group’s board of directors and represent the organization at numerous education events and activities, including working with the PAGE legislative lobbying effort during the 2011 session of the General Assembly.
Bibb superintendent profile advertised
A profile for the Bibb County school system is now being advertised nationally and on PROACT Search, a national superintendent search firm’s Web site.
The job description reads as follows:
“The Board of Education of the Bibb County School District in Macon, Georgia, seeks a leader with a proven record of successful executive management to guide one of the largest school districts in Georgia. Located in the heart of Central Georgia, Macon is approximately 85 miles south of Atlanta. It is the metropolitan focal point for the middle Georgia region. Our vision is achievement and performance for every child, in every classroom, in every school. The mission of the District is to provide, in a safe and comfortable environment, a high quality education for all Bibb County students and to make use of all human and technological resources in preparing graduates for post-high school objectives. A pervasive belief within this system of schools is that each student, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, neighborhood, or family structure, deserves an education that will establish a foundation for life-long success.”
The school board paid the firm $21,000 plus travel to recruit candidates for the position, and held focus groups and interviews with community stakeholders to provide feedback on qualities needed for the job.
CGTC hires new dean of instruction
Central Georgia Technical College announced recently the hiring of a new dean of instruction and appointment of a new board chair
Hazel Struby was hired as the college’s new dean of instruction for curriculum and professional development. Struby is a veteran of the Technical College System of Georgia and returns to CGTC after working with other technical colleges for the past few years.
“I am delighted to return to my roots,” Struby said. “I began my technical college career at CGTC and I am excited to be back.”
As dean of instruction for curriculum and professional development, Struby will develop and implement new curricula, revise current curricula for the upcoming quarter to semester conversion, and develop professional development activities for the faculty.
Struby holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan College, a master’s in education from Mercer University, and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
Robby Whitehead was named chairman of the Central Georgia Technical College’s board of directors last month. Whitehead has served on the board since the fall of 2007 with six other members who set policies for CGTC following guidelines from the Technical College System of Georgia.
Whitehead is the owner of Specialty Power Windows in Forsyth and is a past chairman of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
The technical college also announced Sonia Wynne as its instructor of the year for 2010. Wynne is currently the program chair for the hemodialysis patient care specialist program, a division of the college’s practical nursing program.
Compiled by Julie Hubbard