New Bibb County Schools Interim Superintendent shares plans for the district

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Board of Education is making a change this new year. Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan will be the new interim superintendent.

Dr. Gacutan is no stranger to the school system. She’s been in the Bibb County School district for two and a half years serving as the Deputy Superintendent of School Operations.

On January 1st, she will take Dr. Steve Smith’s place as interim superintendent. 

She’s beginning her role in the middle of the school year, but that doesn’t worry her at all. She sees it as an opportunity to continue the great work of Dr. Smith. 

“That’s exciting to me. We can continue the work that has already been laid out for us. I do recognize that there is new work,” explained Dr. Gacutan. 

She wants to address disciplinary concerns and improve graduation rates during her time as interim superintendent.  However, her first order of business is to work with the school board to decide which of the three operational systems is best for the district. 

Dr. Gacutan explains the district can continue in the same direction using the Status Quo option or they can look into becoming a Charter district or an I.E. Square district. The Charter School option would give schools more self-government with school councils. I.E. Square focuses on accountability based on student achievement at each school.

“We have to look at what the benefits would be for our school district in selecting one district or the other,” said Dr. Gacutan. 

Dr. Gacutan doesn’t have a preference on a system yet, but she’s ready to work with the board and finish the school year strong.

The school board has until June 30th to decide which operational system works best for the district.

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