The Bibb County school board selected five out-of-county educators to serve on this school year’s tribunal panel, which hears appeal cases when Bibb students are suspended or teachers fired by the school system.
The Georgia Fair Dismissal Act requires school boards to designate a tribunal panel — impartial to the school system — to weigh appeal cases and submit findings and recommendations to the school board. The board can either agree with the tribunal findings or reject them.
The following school administrators will serve on Bibb’s tribunal: Terry Cheek, Peach County; Priscilla Doster, Monroe County; Rufus Green, Taylor County; Mary Mantiply, Houston County; and Jay Wansley, Henry County.
Tubman gets $50,000 grant
The Tubman African American Museum in Macon was awarded a $50,000 grant recently from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.
The Macon-based museum dedicated to educating residents about African-American art, history and culture, will use the funding to create traveling exhibits to take into cash-strapped schools.
“Continuing cutbacks in school funding and programs have made it difficult for many schools and school systems in central Georgia and all over the state to schedule and fund field trips, as they might have in the past, to museums and historic and cultural sites,” Tubman Executive Director Andy Ambrose said.
The Tubman is the only museum in Georgia to be awarded a grant for African-American history and culture this year and one of only 14 museums nationwide to receive the honor.
Macon State adds new police officers
Three officers are joining Macon State College’s public safety department, according to a school news release.
Jody Hicks, who is coming to Macon State from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, also brings experience working at Gordon College’s public safety department.
Stephen Hutto, who has worked in police and arson investigations for 23 years, previously served as a homicide detective with the Macon Police Department and investigator with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.
Ashley Schaffer joins Macon State after graduating from the Georgia Police Academy in Forsyth.
Macon State Police Chief Shawn Douglas said the officers, who will begin patrolling the school Monday, supplement the work of security guards and part-time sheriff’s deputies already in place.
Music class for babies, toddlers this fall
There’s a new music class for babies and toddlers starting at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon and at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins, said officials with My First Music Discovery Class.
The class for babies, called Music Pups, teaches children about music, instruments, song and dance.
A free 45-minute demonstration of the class will be offered 9:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Macon location and 11 a.m. at the Warner Robins location.
The 10-class course costs $160. Once the first child is enrolled, siblings younger than 8 months old are free, and siblings older than 8 months can be enrolled for $110.
To register, or for more information, visit My First Music Discovery Class’ website, www.musicdiscoveryclass.com.
Peach BOE to seek GSBA compliance
The Peach County Board of Education voted to begin the process to achieve compliance with the Standards for Local Boards of Education from the Georgia School Boards Association at its meeting Tuesday.
Local school boards can voluntarily choose to adopt the standards that require them to act ethically and effectively, according to GSBA’s website.
Peach County will need to meet the requirements of a standards checklist, said Jim O’Shields, assistant superintendent for administrative services.
The majority of board members and the superintendent must sign a form of commitment and send it to GSBA to begin the process, which is expected to take place during the board’s next study session, which will be Aug. 31.
The move is a step in the right direction to rebuild the image of the Peach County Board of Education, board Chairman Jody Usry said.
“We have a checkered past,” Usry said. “This is a very important step for us.”
Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Julie Hubbard and Andrea Castillo.