Bibb County students had the day off on Monday, while teachers were busy engaging in Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand's strategic planning process.
Dallemand invited every employee in the school district and community members to participate in changing the educational direction.
"Today is a day to generate positive ideas so we can minimize and eliminate all of the obstacles," says Dallemand.
Developing new ideas and finding ways to meet the needs of students are top priorities for the first planning session.
Dallemand added, "We want to have a plan that will be the Macon miracle."
Mayor Robert Reichert was also in attendance to share his ideas and said, "I think it's a stroke of genius on Dr. Dallemand's part to announce this to everybody at the same time and to invite participation in it."
Dallemand hopes the plan will ensure all students receive a high quality education.
"We strongly believe that everyone has something to share that is valuable, crucial and important," says Dallemand.
He has already asked for support on a few changes. Dallemand wants to allow students to choose the school they attend, have year-round school to combat "brain drain," and make sure students are proficient in three languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, and technology.
The meeting at the Macon Centreplex included close to 4,000 teachers and community members. Dallemand hopes to release the strategic plan by January 2012.
The Macon-Bibb Fire Department is investigating a video posted on YouTube. The video, which was posted on Sunday, shows firefighters being held up by a gunman at Fire Station 108.
According to spokesperson for Mayor Reichert, Clay Murphey, the video is a prank. He says it was "rookie hazing." Murphey also says Fire Chief Marvin Riggins does not condone or put up with this behavior.
County officials are also not happy about this incident. Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen, says he had no idea this video was created until late this afternoon.
"I am very disappointed in the command of the Fire Chief for not notifying the Chairman or myself... If the video does show someone being hurt or a weapon being used then someone needs to lose their job, and others need to be reprimanded. And it starts at the top."
Murphey says Chief Riggins is heading up an internal investigation, but it's too early to determine what kind of punishment, if any, will be handed out to those involved.
A list of credits points the finger at five employees in the video. Murphey confirms the chief did match some of the faces with the names.
No rookies were named in the video, and it has been removed from YouTube.
Commissioner Joe Allen says this isn't the first time this type of behavior has been reported at fire stations in the county. He says he's reached out to the chief and told him he had to get the behavior under control. Chief Riggins could not be reached for comment.
A five day search at the Twiggs County Landfill for the remains of murdered law graduate Lauren Giddings ended Friday. Macon Police won't say whether they found anything, but they did confirm the area they were searching had mail and newspapers with the dates that corresponded with when trash would have been taken out in the days surrounding Giddings' disappearance.
Giddings' torso was found in a trash can outside her Georgia Avenue apartment on June 30th. 25-year-old Stephen McDaniel is charged with the murder and remains in the Bibb County Jail.