Bibb County Superintendent, Dr. Romain Dallemand bulked up the discipline portion of the Macon Miracle after hearing from the community. While it looks like a starting point, city officials say it will take a middle Georgia group effort to keep youth crime down.
"When the weather gets hot you know your violence is going to start. Then you'll see people begin to get interested, kids are dying on the street. But if it's not but one in three months, maybe that's one that shouldn't have happened," said City Councilman, Henry Gibon, who is on the Public Safety Committee and a former Macon Police Captain.
Gibson worries seasonal lulls in violence, especially in Winter, creates inconsistency of attention for Macon and Bibb County Youth Violence.
"We have a tendency to back off and not be aggressive," said Gibson.
Around five months ago council members began tossing around an idea of a comprehensive action plan that would include the Bibb County School District, the Sheriff's Office and the City. So far, a concrete plan is not in place, but council members hope for more collaboration in the future.
"Currently there really hasn't been much dialogue between the City of Macon and the Board of Education on merging our two plans, but during this implementation phase a lot of what he's dealing with in terms of the school discipline will coincide because we are dealing with the same population," said Public Safety Chairman, Virgil Watkins.
In the six additional discipline action steps of the Macon Miracle, there will be more methods for disruptive students to be placed in alternative schools and mental health therapists will work to get these students back on track. Transitioning plans for students coming out of the Youth Detention Center is also a new action step.
"No body knows whether this Miracle Plan is going to work or not, but let's face it, it's something," said Gibson.
According to the Mayor's office, Superintendent Dallemand, Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart and Mayor Reichert meet monthly and youth violence continues to be a topic of their discussion.