Public Flunks Bibb County Schools

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When interim Bibb County school superintendent Steve Smith asked the public to grade his district, the majority give it a big F.

That's part of a recent School, Home, and Security survey released Thursday.

About 1,270 people took part in the online survey and about half were parents. But school employees, students and others in the community also answered questions.

The bottom line was a failing grade for the district as a whole.

Less than 1 percent gave Bibb schools an A;
8 percent: a grade of B;
41 percent of the people said the district deserved a C;
And most people, 51 percent, flunked the Bibb school system.

But when the survey asked people about their own schools, the scores were much higher.

More than 60 percent gave their local school an A or a B.

The public also gave district leaders several priorities to focus over the next school year.

They included:

Improving safety and discipline;
Improving technology;
More support for school employees and improved morale;
Cutting class size;
Getting finances, budget in order;
Getting textbooks back in the classroom;
and improving communication within the district.

Also in the survey, most people believe students are safe in Bibb County public schools. But they are split on whether school discipline is fair and consistent.

When the district asked whether students are safe:

9 percent strongly agreed;
49 percent agreed;
28 percent disagreed;
And 14 percent strongly disagreed.

But 55 percent, more than half, said discipline in their school was not fair and consistent.

The Bibb school board heard a presentation on the survey at its Thursday afternoon meeting.

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