Bibb BOE approves extensive plan for facilities improvements

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After months of discussion, the Bibb County Board of Education has approved The Five-Year facilities plan.

The 338-page document extensively details the improvements that the board wants to make, as well as the costs.

It affects multiple schools across the system, and proposes the construction of at least two new elementary schools.

The board met Thursday night at Southwest High School.

Executive Director of Capital Programs for the system, Jason Daniel, says there weren’t any late changes to the plan, so the board was able to approve the plan easily.

“Oh yeah it’s great to have it approved,” said Daniel. “It’s been a long process. I’ve been here about seven months and been working on it the whole time. We’ve got a good accounting of the inventory of classrooms around the district.”

Interim Superintendent Dr. Steve Smith said he way happy to finally be moving forward at this point.

The plan now goes to the state board of education to be approved.

Also at the meeting, a study by the Georgia Department of Education shows select Bibb County schools are under performing compared to the state average.

The GAPSS Report, or the Georgia Assessment of Performance on School Standards, said 10 schools they reviewed in the county all performed under the state average.

Georgia Department of Education officials presented their findings to the board Thursday night.

Interim Superintendent Smith says he’s keeping an optimistic attitude about it.

“I’m a student of Jim Collins and his book Good to Great and in that book he says you have to confront the brutal facts,” said Smith. “We saw the brutal facts tonight. Now it’s our job to confront the brutal facts and initiate changes in our school improvement plans for next year that will incorporate the data that we learned in the GAPSS analysis for those 10 schools.”

Smith also said the report found some positives too.

Those included a welcoming environment for parents and visitors, as well as good discipline in students.

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