Bibb school board cuts Early College Program

The Bibb County school board voted Thursday to end its fairly new Early College Program due to budget cuts.

The Early College Program was a partnership between Bibb County schools and Macon State College.

This school year, the program’s first year, it had 55 at-risk seventh-graders enrolled in a wing at Hutchings Career Center. The program was aimed at getting them 30 college credit hours by the time they were to graduate high school. The program falls under the umbrella of the Board of Regents, which is facing a $6.38 million state budget reduction starting July 1. The cuts would’ve impacted money coming to Bibb’s program this fall.

“This partnership is one we value an respect” Superintendant Sharon Patterson said.