Bibb school board to rename the Promise Center

The Promise Center will soon be renamed by a committee appointed by the Bibb County school board Thursday night.

Board members Lester Miller, Wanda West and Daryl Morton as well as Hartley Elementary School Principal Shelia Garcia will serve on the committee. Miller is the committee’s chairman.

“We’re taking ownership of the Promise Center, and as the owner we’re going to make sure it’s named appropriately with input from the community,” Miller said.

Last December, the school board voted to buy back the Promise Center, located off Anthony Road, for $8.5 million just a few years after it sold the building for $220,000.

The building off Anthony Road will become the home for partnership programs between Central Georgia Technical College and Hutchings College and Career Academy.

The school board received a $3.11 million grant from the state last year to help pay for the cost of renovations needed to support the programs.

The board also appointed a naming committee for the Hutchings Career Annex, located off Riverside Drive that formerly included the Welcome Center. Board members Ella Carter, Jason Downey, Tom Hudson and Ballard-Hudson Middle School Principal Kenneth Lanier make up that committee, with Carter the chairwoman.

Additionally Thursday, officials said former Bibb students who didn’t receive a high school diploma solely for failing to pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test can now petition the school district thanks to House Bill 91.

The new legislation allows for school districts to award diplomas to students who fulfilled every requirement except for passing the graduation test.

Former students can pick up the required petition form at all high schools or the central office. They also can print one from the school district website. Completed forms must be returned to the central office off Mulberry Street.

Diplomas could take about four to six weeks for processing, according to the school district. For more information, call 765-8600.

Also Thursday, Ed Judie, chief student affairs officer, told the board the GBI would be conducting an audit of campus police to “assess and enforce compliance with the rules of the Georgia Crime Information Center.” He said this is a routine audit of campus police and would begin April 29.

The board also approved:

A contract award to Layer 3 Communications for $134,438 to install the latest technology tools in the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.

A contract to allow Hamlin Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal perform HVAC renovations at Porter Elementary School. The cost of the renovations is expected to be a little more than $1 million.

Renewal of district-wide licensing for Microsoft software programs used for emailing, word processing and others for $254,219.