Education Notebook: Bibb hires search firm

The Bibb County school system is teaming up with Illinois-based PROACT Search once again to find candidates to fill five top leadership positions.

The system has openings for a deputy superintendent for teaching and learning, a deputy superintendent for student affairs, a deputy superintendent of school operations, a deputy superintendent of school improvement and redesign and an associate superintendent of zones.

Most of those positions are new, part of Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s restructured leadership organizational team presented to the school board in March.

“This is a firm with experience in hundreds of executive searches for urban school districts, and its substantial presence in front of well-qualified urban educators will serve our district well in securing the most qualified pool of candidates possible,” Dallemand said in the district’s April 11 weekly newsletter, where the announcement was first made.

The positions will be open for applications until May 1.

For more information, visit, or contact PROACT Search at (800) 944-6129 or

Author Ferris at Mercer

Mercer University will host best-selling author Timothy Ferris on Monday to discuss his latest book, “The Science of Liberty,” according to a news release.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Medical School Auditorium.

Ferris is a noted science writer who has authored 12 books. He has also worked as a newspaper reporter, editor of “Rolling Stone” and is now an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

The discussion is sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism at the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.

Peach holding athletic scholarship workshop

Peach County schools will host a workshop Wednesday to discuss the requirements for students seeking athletic college scholarships.

The “NCAA Clearinghouse” workshop will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the district’s Family Resource Center on Riley Avenue in Fort Valley. Georgia Tech alumnus Joe Burns and Peach County High School coach Chad Campbell will lead the workshop.

Refreshments and door prizes will be offered at the event. Transportation and child care will be available as needed. To request transportation to the workshop, call 825-5933, extension 1046.

FPD to hold open house at downtown campus

First Presbyterian Day School is hosting an open house of its downtown Macon campus Thursday for families who are considering enrolling their 3K and pre-kindergarten students there in the fall.

The event will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 682 Mulberry Street, according to a news release.

For more information about the event, call the school’s admissions office at (478) 477-4774.

FPD senior wins statewide award

First Presbyterian Day School senior Fran Johnson was one of two statewide winners of the 2011 Vincent J. Dooley Award in a ceremony at Turner Field April 10. Johnson will receive a four-year scholarship worth $1,000 per year, as well as $1,000 to donate to the charity of her choice.

High schools can nominate a male and female student for the award based on character, citizenship and teamwork qualities. The nominees were narrowed down to 20 finalists, according to the Athletes for a Better World website, a co-sponsor of the award with the Georgia High School Association.

Houston summer school registration

Registration for summer school is now open to middle and high school students in Houston County.

Summer school will take place for high school students at Houston County High School weekdays from June 3 to July 8, 7 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

Students will have the chance to take End of Course Tests on July 7 and 8.

The Georgia High School Graduation Test will take place from July 11-15, and a graduation ceremony will be held in July.

Summer school tuition is $200 with a three-class maximum and is not open to out-of-county students.

Registration will take place June 1 at Houston County High as follows: seniors, 8:30 a.m.; juniors, 9:30 a.m.; sophomores, 1 p.m.; freshmen, 2:30 p.m.

Summer school will not meet on July 1, 4 and 5.

Warner Robins Middle School will host summer school for middle school students from June 9 to July 7.

The first session will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:40 p.m. and the second will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Registration will take place June 3 and 6 at Warner Robins Middle.

A July 4 holiday is also scheduled.

Houston County students must pay $200 per course, with a two-course maximum. Out-of-county students must pay $400 per course, also with a two-course maximum.

For more information about high school summer school, call Houston County High at 988-6340. For middle school summer school, contact Warner Robins Middle Principal Donald Warren at 929-7832.

Bibb superintendent blogging

Bibb County Superintendent Romain Dallemand has added blogging to his duties. As part of his initiative to overhaul the school system, Dallemand has begun to blog regularly at

On the site, he writes about activities going on at Bibb County schools and gives updates to his entry plan for the district.

Home school mock trial group competes at state level

The Middle Georgia Christian Home School Association’s High School Mock Trial team competed March 19 in the state competition in north Atlanta. The team did not make it to the final four, but won rounds throughout the competition.

The plaintiff sub-team won both of its rounds, finishing 2-0. Benji Johnston and Spencer Hall earned Outstanding Attorney Awards. Holly Goodman, Benji Johnston, Spencer Hall and Aaron Tharpe were given Performance Awards by the opposing teams. The team also won the Professionalism Award sponsored by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.

The team members were: Joshua Garrett, Hance Joiner, Holly Goodman, Phillip Joiner, Macy Hall, Charity Kilpatrick, Madison Hall, Alana Maddox, Spencer Hall, Joshua Maddox, Courtney Hartman, Rachel Maddox, Gabrielle Hartman, Amy McGaughey, Marina Moreira, Benji Johnston, Drew Osborne, Cameron Joiner, Daniel Osborne, Steven Osborne, Hayley Ricks, Molly Ricks, Stefan Riley and Aaron Tharpe.

They were coached by Richard Ricks, Pete Allen and Joy Goodman.

Compiled by Telegraph writers Andrea Castillo, Erin C. Henderson and Phillip Ramati.