Bibb Board of Education takes steps towards state assistance for lowest-performing schools

Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- At Monday night's Board of Education meeting, members unanimously voted to approve a resolution to amend the Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) Contract Amendment.

This is the first step in working to improve the county's lowest-performing schools, a process that involves the district partnering with the state.

Eight schools in Bibb County were found to be in the bottom five percent of the entire state, based off of College and Career Ready Performance Index scores.

The three schools that have been chosen for state intervention are Appling Middle School, Ballard-Hudson Middle School and Veterans Elementary.

The process will allow a turnaround officer to go into these schools and assess what is needed to improve student learning overall.

Because the resolution has to be passed at the State Board of Education before the district can move forward, it will likely not be implemented until the 2018-2019 school year.

Additionally, all three schools will have three years to improve before being assessed again.

The district views this process as a partnership rather than a state takeover, and would also make it easier for the affected schools to receive federal grants.

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