After a two-year search for a new superintendent, the Bibb County school district should finally have its new permanent leader Thursday night.
School board members are expected to approve their sole finalist, Curtis L. Jones, for the position at a Thursday meeting.
Board members would not say how they plan to vote, but on Feb. 11 the board unanimously ratified Jones as their sole finalist.
“I am a team player in trying to find the best superintendent for the school district and the students,” board member Wanda West said Wednesday.
In recent years, Feb. 26 has come to be a memorable date in Bibb County school history. It was former Superintendent Sharon Patterson’s last day on the job in 2010, and it was also former Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s last day in the office, in 2013, after the school board bought out his contract.
Now, it could be Jones’ official hire date.
He is now serving as superintendent of Griffin-Spalding County schools.
Jones, a 59-year-old Army veteran and West Point graduate, joined Griffin-Spalding schools as a JROTC instructor in 1997 and worked his way up the ranks to become superintendent in 2009.
During the first round of Bibb’s superintendent search in 2013, Jones applied for the job. He ultimately withdrew his name from consideration and did not apply during the second round.
In recent weeks, school board members approached Jones about the position and interviewed him in closed session Feb. 5 during a called board meeting.
Jones previously commented that he had a good and “detailed conversation” with the board. He and the board both agreed, he said, about two key areas of focus the school district needed to work on: reading proficiency and attendance.
“This is an opportunity to come and put in place some initiatives and ideas to help move the school system forward, and I’m committed to being there for a long period of time to see that to its end,” Jones previously told The Telegraph.
To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.