MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - There was standing room only at the Bibb County Board of Education Thursday night as a big group of the community brought their thoughts about Superintendent Dallemand's strategic plan. Dallemand was hired to change things up in the county, but some have concerns with what they call Dallemand's drastic measures.
Concerned citizens shared their comments to the Board of Education:
"This should not be shoved down our throats."
"My biggest problem is it lacks specifics."
"Way too much of an age gap there..."
"There are discipline issues."
"Whoever decision it was to move this vote date from Friday thank you."
The Macon Miracle met a wall of criticism as around 300 people piled into the board room and around 25 voiced their opinion about Superintendent Dallemand's strategic plan.
Most who addressed the board oppose certain aspects of the Macon Miracle.
Issues brought to the board included Safety, length of the school days and calendar, Portfolio schools, and some criticized the lack of financial details. With all the naysayers, a small group at the meeting supported the Macon Miracle.
Board Member, Dr. Wanda West, says hearing from the public is a great way to tweak the plan.
"I just think it's important that we listen, that we continue to share and that we give the administration time to go back to the table to get specific," said West.
Citizens made clear they want their opinions included in the future of Bibb County Schools and they expect openness and understanding from the administration.
"There is arrogance in the central office that is intimidating; the teachers are scared to death to lose their jobs," said one concerned parent.
There will be a public presentation of the Macon Miracle Friday at the Macon Centreplex at 1:30 p.m. Citizens will not be granted time to speak, but they will be able to submit their comments about the plan in writing. The Board will not vote on the Macon Miracle on Friday.