Bibb schools superintendent celebrates one year with district

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb Schools Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones celebrates his one year anniversary with the district Wednesday.

Jones was the first permanent superintendent for the Bibb County School District in two years after Dr. Romain Dallemand resigned in February 2013. Board members said they felt Jones could bring stability back to the district. Jones believes he’s accomplished that goal.

“I think I’m most proud of the way the school system has come together to align their efforts,” said Jones.

It was non-stop meetings for Jones Wednesday, but his coworkers had a cake ready to celebrate when he was done.

Jones’ first year as the Bibb County Schools Superintendent has come with its challenges, like adjusting to all the media attention.

“I’m not used to having the media at every board meeting or every retreat that we go to. That’s been informative for me,” explained Jones.

He’s also experienced success.

“We decided to take the idea of formative instructional practices and make it a part of who we are and I’ve seen, across the system, schools and systems buy into that. You can tell that’s happening when students can tell you what their Lexile levels are and they’re trying to improve that,” said Jones.

He admits he’s felt pressure.

“A lot of people will say, it’s time now to start seeing results and what I said a year ago was, you’re not going to see results right away. It’s going to take us a while to build internal capacity to get better,” explained Jones.

Jones believes the school board works well together and with an election only a month away, he wants to keep it that way.

“I have shared with all the candidates who are running for office our code of ethics, our conflict of interest provisions. That’s part of our board policy,” said Jones.

Looking to the future, Jones plans to spend the new ESPLOST money efficiently.

“Cameras are going into the classrooms next year. We’re going to start with our middle schools. We’ll be able to take that and integrate it with what we call ‘school city,’ explained Jones.

School city will be the district’s benchmark program. Students will be able to know if they’re meeting grade requirements throughout the year instead of waiting for the Georgia Milestones test.

 

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