Bibb County schools Superintendent Curtis Jones was named 2019 Georgia Superintendent of the Year on Friday.
The announcement was made in Atlanta at the annual winter conference of the Georgia School Board Association and Georgia School Superintendents Association.
“I am thankful and humbled by this recognition,” Jones said in a news release from Bibb schools. “I know this is not about me. It is about what we as Bibb County schools are doing day in and day out.”
The honor means Jones will compete for National Superintendent of the Year in Los Angeles in February during the national conference for the School Superintendents Association.
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Jones, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who lives in Griffin, started working for Bibb County schools in April 2015. He began his career in education as a JROTC instructor for Griffin-Spalding County schools before becoming a high school principal and later assistant superintendent there.
He earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Jones aims to increase the county’s graduation rate, which is currently at 78.5 percent, to 90 percent by 2025. He also has made reading at grade level one of the district’s main priorities.
“His commitment to servant leadership and teamwork has established that foundation that will help our district continue to flourish for years to come,” Bibb Board of Education President Lester Miller said.
Jones was among the four finalists for Georgia Superintendent of the Year announced in October. Others included: Samantha Fuhrey of Newton County Schools, Michael Duncan of Pike County Schools and Jeff Bearden of Forsyth County Schools.