Bibb school board gets update on AYP

Members of the Bibb County Board of Education were updated Thursday about the system’s Adequate Yearly Progress reports and the number of student transfers in the school system.

Twenty-six of the 39 Bibb County schools made AYP, officials reported. Board members were told of some of the changes being instituted in the schools that didn’t make AYP, such as adding after-school programs and literacy and math coaches for the students.

Fifteen of the 26 schools are listed as “distinguished schools,” meaning they made AYP for three consecutive years.

For the other schools, 1,006 students in the system applied for Supplemental Educational Services, which includes such programs as free tutoring, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Students can request the services for Title I schools that are listed as “Needs Improvement” under AYP.

Bibb County received 486 transfer requests for students moving from a school that didn’t pass AYP to those that did. Of those, 208 were granted transfers while 229 elected not to transfer to another school. Another 47 had a different set of circumstances, such as transferring to a private school or relocating to another district, officials said.

In addition to those transfers, 268 students requested transfers under Georgia House Bill 251, which allows parents to enroll their children in designated schools within the local school district if the school has space available.

Of those requests, 162 transfers were granted but only 44 students actually transferred, officials reported.

In other business Thursday, the board was updated on the progress of Bibb County’s Ombudsman Education Services program. Officials told the board that the program will serve 135 Bibb County students once the program’s second location, 3750 Eisenhower Parkway, is completed. The program currently serves 76 students at its 1200 Riverside Drive location.

The program is designed to improve discipline, reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates and improve academic performance.

The board approved a budget amendment for $3.2 million to cover the costs of adding teachers and staff to be in compliance with state laws governing class sizes. Officials said 62 teachers and 13 other positions will be added as part of the approval.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding between the board and the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council Inc. Head Start program.

A committee recommended that a new early childhood center will be named Northwoods Academy, which was approved by the full board. The name was chosen from 17 submissions and reflects the fact that the center is located across the street from the Northwoods subdivision.

The school system also recognized Thursday the Teachers of the Year for each school in the system.

The teachers honored were: Maurine Parker, Alexander II; Gregory Metts, Appling Middle; Janice Bentley Harris, Ballard-Hudson Middle; Sandra Gordon, Barden Elementary; Ann’Cee Watkins, Bernd Elementary; Pamela Ford, Bloomfield Middle; Latanya Dean, Brookdale Elementary; Edgar Clinton Ray Jr., Bruce Elementary; Jasmayne Scales, Burdell-Hunt Elementary; Priscilla McCutcheon, Burghard Elementary; Diana Hawthorne, Carter Elementary; Patricia McCall, Central High; Andrea Timley-Quick, Danforth Elementary; Barbie Schultz, Early Childhood Learning Center; Henry Slaughter, Elam Alexander; Makeba Tawanja Davis, Hartley Elementary; Sonja Kendrick Howard, Heard Elementary; Susan Bagwell, Heritage Elementary; Deanna Kay Young Duerson, Howard High; Melissa Farmer, Howard Middle; Claire Sirmans, Hutchings Career Center; LaTonya Raines, Ingram-Pye Elementary; Deborah Dennis Boatwright, Jones Elementary; Olena Stadnik, Lane Elementary; Crystal Graham, Miller Middle; Jessica Bower, Morgan Elementary; Rachael Martin, Neel Academy; Erma Stevens, Northeast High; Christy Simmons, Porter Elementary; Summer Wellborn, Rice Elementary; Monica Savage Stevens, Riley Elementary; Anthony Jones, Rutland High; Nsombe Famodou-lo, Rutland Middle; Sheri O’Quinn, Skyview Elementary; Raiford Rainey, Southwest High; April Hammett, Springdale Elementary; Beth Anderson, Taylor Elementary; Chantelle Duncan, Union Elementary; Melissa Anne Elliott, Vineville Academy; Ingrid Woolfolk, Weaver Middle; Jennifer Ann Douglass, Westside High; Linda Buffin, Williams Elementary; Stephanie Tyner, Department of Fine Arts; and Alva London, Media Specialist.

Of those, five — Parker, Sirmans, Stadnik, Graham and Jones — were selected as finalists for the Bibb Teacher of the Year, which will be awarded Nov. 2.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.