Bibb school board votes to phase out seven aging schools

The Bibb County school board approved Thursday a facilities plan that would declare seven aging Bibb schools as needing to be phased out over the next five years and the building of five new schools.

The schools declared outdated are Barden, Bernd, Burke, Jones, Morgan, Porter and Rice elementary schools.

The board gave approval at its March board meeting to allow Georgia College & State University education majors to do teaching internships in Bibb schools.

They also authorized Superintendent Sharon Patterson to file a waiver with the state to allow 16 Bibb classrooms to have a few more students than what’s allowed in the state class size maximum law.

Without the waiver, Bibb would spend $1 million to hire extra teachers. The board also approved an amendment to its 2009 general fund to reflect $811,000 in savings from employee furloughs.

The school system now expects to get $174.9 million in revenue and spend $183 million, using reserves to balance the difference.

The system expects to end the fiscal year June 30, with $9 million in its fund balance.