Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand plans to meet with school board members in closed sessions a week before the school system unveils to the public its strategic improvement plan Feb. 10.
The superintendent will meet with board members in small groups on Feb. 3 throughout the day so they can have time to look over the plan’s specifics and provide their suggestions, Dallemand said during Bibb County’s school board meeting Thursday night.
“It will be a very bold plan,” Dallemand said. “It is designed to develop strength of character and (allow students to) become college-ready.”
The meetings will be closed to the public since there won’t be a quorum of members, Dallemand said after the meeting. That arrangement helps accommodate the busy schedules of board members, according to Alisha Allen-Carter, assistant to the superintendent.
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By state law, meetings with a quorum of members -- in this case, five or more of the eight Bibb school board members -- can only be closed to the public to discuss personnel, future acquisition of property or pending litigation.
Board President Tommy Barnes does not see the Feb. 3 meetings with board members as a violation of the spirit of open meetings laws, but rather an opportunity for board members to understand what school leaders are planning and provide feedback.
Under the strategic plan, students will be able to choose which schools they attend based on their academic interests, as opposed to where they live, Dallemand announced Wednesday. However, the superintendent is holding off on providing more details until Feb. 10.
Those who have applied to existing magnet programs, such as Alexander II Magnet School or Vineville Academy, will not be impacted by the plan in the 2012-13 school year, Allen-Carter also said.
In recent months, Dallemand has supported school choice for students, as well as them learning Mandarin Chinese and becoming more well-versed in technology. He also discussed the idea of year-round schooling, but that proposal will not be adopted for the 2012-13 school year.
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