Bibb County Schools prepared for Macon Charter transfer students

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Schools’ superintendent says two weeks should be enough time to transfer Macon Charter Academy students.

The state voted to terminate the school’s charter on Thursday.

“I think it was not a great day for Bibb County because a school had to close,” Dr. Curtis Jones, the school system’s superintendent, said.

He says the state’s decision is a teachable moment.

“We have to be more aware of who’s on the governing board, how involved they are, who the leadership is, what they’re doing, and how well students progress from one point to another,” Jones said.

The state board and representatives from MCA met for hours on Thursday — ultimately deciding revoking the school’s charter was best for the students.

“To us, what really stood out is one: constant turmoil and change. Students need a consistent environment to do their best and the other is financial mismanagement, the financial turmoil,” Mike Royal, the state board chair, said in an interview on Thursday.

Jones says now parents will have until the end of August to transfer their  kids to a different school.

“As we’re going through this process, we’re going to have to continue to work with Macon Charter, and parents, to ensure students and Macon Charter itself are able to get through this transition period,” Jones said.

Teachers and staff have an opportunity to fill other positions throughout the district as well.

Jones wants to keep the avenues open with parents.

“We’ve got to be able to keep them involved so I’m going to reach out to the families through a telephone call, as well as a letter, and share with them that we want them to stay involved in their child’s education,” Jones recommended.

An involvement he wants to help bring the community together.

“Accept this decision by the state board and do what’s best for students from today moving forward,” Jones said.

He’s hoping for most students to be placed by next week.

Martin Luther King and Riley Elementary Schools, along with Ballard-Hudson Middle School are expected to see the most MCA transfer students.

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