MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The unveiling of the "Macon Miracle" brought with it controversy. Some embrace the change of Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand while others are more skeptical of his plan. It's unclear where teachers stand on the main issues because most have refused media opportunities. Friday night, Bibb County parent, Angel Hopper, tells 41 NBC that teachers fear for their jobs if they speak out.
"I work closely with these teachers, they're outstanding. They put they're heart in their jobs and in their children. I can tell you now they are afraid. We are their voice," said Hopper.
Hopper says she has close connections with teachers in the district. She worries there is a silent majority of teachers who won't voice their concerns with Superintendent Dallemand's strategic plan. She says the central office directed her to speak with teachers before addressing the board of education with her concerns.
"Well when I did that, their reaction, over three or four times,(was) oh we can't talk about that," said Hopper.
So 41 NBC asked board member, Lynn Farmer, about teachers being afraid to speak out.
"I prefer everyone being able to give an opinion and to talk openly. We're a community, we're an educational community but we're also the community of Macon and Bibb County and we've got to be able to talk with each other and give honest feedback," said Farmer.
After hearing comments today, it sounds like most teachers and parents are glad the board of education is taking a step back to re-evaluate the plan and get more input from the community.
"I got thousands of emails and felt like the public needed a chance to, people need a chance to express themselves and the best way to afford that is to slow down a little bit," said Bibb County BOE Member, Susan Middleton.
Although issues like discipline, financial details, and length of school day and calendar year remain, some are happy for change.
"I feel like we have had some input in what's happening so I'm really looking forward to that. That usually doesn't happen, never has in Bibb County since I've been here," said Rutland High School English Teacher, Julia Manard.
While others still have doubts about the Macon Miracle.
"It is Dr. Dallemand's plan. It's not any of the teacher's plan. We've spent a lot of money holding meetings in this building, out of our pocket and I can guarantee you anything on that plan did not come from a teacher," said Hopper.
Board members say there is no date to vote on the "Macon Miracle".