New Bibb Schools Superintendent shares plans for the district
“Individuals come together as a team and it makes it work,” explains Dr. Jones.
That’s his strategy for the Board of Education. Dr. Jones took his oath of office Thursday, and he’s ready to get started on improving the district.
“I have an entry plan that we’re working off of,” says Dr. Jones.
It starts with individual meetings with every board member on his first day as superintendent.
“Getting to know who they are and what they’re about,” adds Dr. Jones.
Board member Jason Downey thinks Dr. Jones is the stability this district needs.
“I think he’s going to come in and be very commandeering at the meetings. Not run them like a dictatorship, but I think he’s going to have all of his ducks in a row,” noted Downey.
First on Dr. Jones’ agenda: finalizing the board’s governance handbook and the 2016 budget.
“We’re going to have to get the budget situation ready to move forward for the next school year,” comments Dr. Jones.
Then he wants to focus on a strategy the district implemented this year:
“PBIS. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support,” continues Dr. Jones.
It’s a program that encourages students to act appropriately in the classroom. Teachers are learning how to empower students to have a positive self-esteem, which they hope will deter bad behavior in school.
Looking to next school year, Downey feels Jones has strong ideas for the district’s new operational system, Investing in Educational Excellence.
“The discipline initiatives that I believe he will roll forward. I’m just excited to see all of that. There are so many things that I think Dr. Jones is well equipped to do for this school system,” states Downey.
Dr. Jones’ first day as the new superintendent is April 6th. He spent the last six years as the Griffin-Spalding County Schools Superintendent.
It’s been two years since the Bibb County Board of Education had a permanent superintendent. Dr. Romain Dallemand resigned in February 2013. The District has had three interim superintendents since then. The most recent, Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, will return to her previous position as Deputy Superintendent of Operations.