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Bibb Schools Superintendent sets district goals for new year

Bibb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones wants the school district to show improvements in student and teacher performance during the 2017-2018 school year / Matt Thielke (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones wants the school district to show improvements in student and teacher performance during the 2017-2018 school year.

Jones said during his tenure as superintendent, he’s put a strong emphasis on reading when it comes to student achievement.

"We saw increases in grade 3, 5, 6 and 8 in reading this past year,” he said. “We are going to try our best to let our students continue to improve reading, and for those that did not improve as much, make sure we are able to help them grow more.”

Jones said this year, the district is focusing more attention on student behavior, starting with hiring staff to help students with a pattern of behavior problems change their attitudes in the classroom.

"This year we have brought on board four new behavior specialist to help us with those student issues. We are very excited about this in the past we've only had one behavioral specialist and this is really going to help us,” Jones said.

Jones wants to see student attendance improve, and he expects a lower number of unexcused absences than last year. He believes that starts by making school a place students want to be, and making learning attractive and fun. Jones wants to see improvements for teachers as well, starting with developing new teachers by offering extra guidance with lesson plans and other help implementing district policies.

“We will help teachers understand this is what you need to do to get ready for the first day of school. And our principals and academic coaches are going to continue that for the first 90 days of school so helping new teachers and weak teachers improve in that area will help students help us,” Jones said.

This year, the district is introducing what he calls a “pay for performance” plan. District wide, teachers are offered a two percent bonus if collaborative goals are met. Those goals include meeting standards in teacher evaluations, leadership evaluations, and behavior policy implementation. He also expects teachers to set a good example with their own attendance.

"I believe teachers should be present more than students. So if the teacher attendance is higher than students, that helps us earn part of that bonuses. And it's not this school or that school, but all teachers,” Jones said.

Throughout the year, Jones said he will track the district’s progress each week in four main areas, student reading level, enrollment levels, student absences, and discipline.

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