Bibb school board closes in on finishing accreditation requirements

The Bibb County school board hosted a community session Tuesday night to share information with stakeholders about the board’s governance issues.

In May 2013, the accrediting agency AdvancED gave the board two years to improve on a handful of deficiencies: governance and leadership; teaching and assessing for learning; and resources and support systems. Bibb’s worst-scoring area was governance and leadership.

Board members Wanda West and Jason Downey on Tuesday presented the board’s “continuous improvement plan” to show the progress it has made as well as what was left to be done.

Each category and subcategory of the improvement plan was given a status of complete or in progress. The majority were still in progress, but Downey said this does not mean the board has done nothing in those areas.

“It means that we will always be doing these things,” he said. He added that some of the activities marked as “in progress” are continuous “things that we do to always strive to have better governments.”

Downey acknowledged that data-driven results are required to show proof of progress. “It’s not enough to say we’re doing things,” he said.

The board also created a governance handbook, which was modeled after the DeKalb County school system’s handbook. However, this was not a requirement of AdvancED. “That is icing on the cake,” Downey said.

During a board meeting at the end of March, the board had a goal of finishing the AdvancED requirements by April 15 to meet the May 1 deadline.

“I’m very impressed by the work that has been done,” Superintendent Curtis Jones said.

The board has a called meeting tentatively planned for April 14 to approve the documentation that will be submitted to AdvancED.

To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.