Bibb County has never welcomed a charter school into the district and Thursday the board of education continued that trend.
The Bibb County Board of Education terminated a potential charter school Thursday. The Macon Academy of Excellence requested a charter in March, and was initially approved by the Bibb Co. Board of Education.
But after two different management companies discontinued their services with the academy, the Bibb BOE asked for a new presentation from the charter school, that outlines the changes in management and curriculum.
The Bibb County Department of Teaching and Learning says the Macon Academy of Excellence failed to address issues in a timely fashion.
"We looked at the check list and went through that and we felt at this time it wasn't adequate to move forward. And because Macon Academy of Excellence would have to open next August the timeline is a little too short for them to have things in order by that time," said Jane Drennan, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
Despite the setback, MAE board members say the charter school will move forward.
"It is our goal to provide parents a choice. Then we are here to assist in the goals of Bibb public schools. This is our plan and this is our passion and again we are committed to doing just that," said Dr. Gail Fowler, the Macon Academy for Excellence Governing Chair.
According to the Macon Academy of Excellence Board the school is not required to have a management organization to function as a charter school in the district. The MAE Board says it will resubmit their charter to the Board of Education soon. The Charter School must be approved by both the county and the state.
During the interview with Dr. Fowler, who chairs the academies' board, she mentioned alarming data that Superintendent Doctor Romain Dallemand mentioned during the meeting about last year, 2010-2011.
In Bibb County 493 students were expelled and 703 students dropped out. When students leave school it cost the district serious money. The state pays $59-hundred dollars per student, so if you add up the loss from last year it equals $4.15 million or the cost of 64 teachers, according to Dallemand.
Now Dr. Dallemand and the board are implementing his strategic plan, "The Macon Miracle." Dallemand says he hopes the widespread change will bring the graduation rate up from 45 percent to 97 percent.