Bibb school upholds decision to not renew 2 teacher contracts

The Bibb County school board agreed Thursday to uphold a tribunal’s finding to not renew the contracts of Jones Elementary School teacher Linda Smith and Ingram-Pye Elementary teacher Raquel Hill.

Both taught first-grade classes.

Attorneys for the school system said the teachers could not control their classrooms or deliver effective instruction.“Two first-graders left (Smith’s) classroom without permission, to use the bathroom, without supervision,” Jeffery Monroe, a school system attorney, told the board.

The district put her on a performance plan for one school year, and school officials said they saw no improvements in student performance. Smith nor her attorney were present for Thursday’s decision.

Another system attorney said Hill taught her students to pronounce some words incorrectly on occasion and had 48 percent of her class fail the math portion on state exams, as well as a majority fail the English/language arts portion.Bibb County acting Superintendent Sylvia McGee already had recommended the teachers not be rehired, which the teachers appealed to a non-partial tribunal that agreed with McGee. The teachers then appealed the tribunal decision to the school board Thursday.

Hill was not present, but her attorney Charlie Cox, said the school’s climate at Ingram-Pye last school year was partly to blame for her need to improve. He argued she should not lose her job.