Superintendent engages with the community on Bibb schools’ future

Bibb County school Superintendent Curtis Jones has been making the rounds in the Macon community since his arrival two months ago.

Jones made a presentation to the Macon Rotary Club on Monday, and Tuesday afternoon met with members of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce as well as others in the community.

Jones previously told The Telegraph that his assessment of the school system would take about 150 days. That assessment, he said, would help to inform his plans for improving Bibb’s schools.

“It’s going to go quicker than that,” he said Tuesday, adding that he’s already visited all of the district’s schools and is in the process of meeting with community leaders.

Among the information he shared was his vision ­-- that “each student demonstrates strength of character and is college or career ready.”

He also said his mission for Bibb schools is that the school district “will develop a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.”

Addressing Bibb’s current graduation rate of 58.9 percent (compared with 61.1 percent to the year before), Jones said his goal is to increase that rate to 80 percent by 2020.

The superintendent also discussed how Bibb’s public schools are viewed.

“A bad perception is the result of a bad process,” he said, vowing to fix any problematic processes.

During his meeting with chamber members, he called for help and support from the business community.

“I need three basic things” that could help improve the school system: creating more internships to Bibb’s students, encouraging local business leaders to serve on school councils, and employees keeping their children in Bibb schools, he said.

“It’s good to hear that the Bibb school system is reaching out to the business community,” said Mike Parker, senior partner for SP Design Group.

At the end of Jones’ presentation, Parker told him: “We’re excited about the change of our K-12 education.”

To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.