Bibb BOE Begins Process to Close, Reconfigure Schools

7:27 AM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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by Katelyn Heck,


- The Bibb school board OK'd the process to consolidate South Macon elementary schools, Barden and Burghard.

- That merger would save the district more than a half-million dollars.

- Board members also approved reconfiguring Jones and King-Danforth in East Macon.

The Bibb County school board plans to consider merging Barden and Burghard elementary schools.

Both schools have around 300 students and are within about a mile of each other.

If the board approves the merger, the district would close Barden and send students to Burghard. That would save the district around $510,000.

Before they can do that, state law requires the district to hold two public hearings. The board voted Tuesday night to start that process, but will have to vote on the official closing after those hearings.

Several Barden parents, like Toronda Davis, asked the board to keep Barden open.

"We have an awesome principal. We have made AYP over the past 6 years since the principal has been there, Dr. Jackson. The teachers, the staff, everybody just works together. So, I don't see a reason why the school should close," says Davis.

School board members could not say what would happen to the Barden administrators, including the principal, if the consolidation goes through.

The board is also discussing rearranging King/Danforth and Jones elementary schools.

Jones would house pre-k through second grade, while third through fifth grades would be at King/Danforth. One principal and vice principal would run both buildings.

The board must have two public hearings on this change before they can vote.

None of those hearings have been scheduled.

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