A press conference pledging support for the Bibb County School District's strategic plan, The Macon Miracle, was held by community leaders at the Historic Macon Terminal Station on Tuesday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m.
With the recent adoption of the plan, local organizations and leaders are actively seeking ways to partner with the District to identify and/or provide resources that could support the outlined goals. Speakers include Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Bibb County Commission Chairman Samuel F. Hart, NewTown Macon President & CEO Mike Ford, and Industrial Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby.
"Full implementation of The Macon Miracle will require dedication from our entire community, parents, grandparents and government and community organizations," says Dr. Dallemand. "It will take resources and partnerships among many agencies to ensure that each child is college ready, and we WILL prepare our students for achievement in the 21st century, multi-ethnic, global society."
"With the passing of its strategic plan, we are looking forward to finding ways to support the District in its effort to improve education for all students," says Mayor Reichert. "As we've met with Dr. Dallemand the past several months, we have discussed the importance of education to Macon, Bibb County, and the entire region, and we are both seeking ways which we can all work together."
"The Macon Miracle Plan offers many opportunities for our school system and community. In July of this year, Bibb County will take over recreation, and our hope is to partner with the District to offer recreational outlets for the children in our community," says Chairman Hart "I look forward to a winning partnership with the Bibb County School District which will benefit everyone."
"NewTown Macon is dedicated to growing jobs, increasing residents, and creating a sense of place in downtown and that requires a quality education system. In order to attract people back downtown... in order to be a City where young professionals want to live, work, and play... we need to offer their children success," says Ford.
"The quality of education in Bibb County, and even our region, is at the heart of every discussion the Industrial Authority has in its efforts to recruit new and expanding industries to our area," says Whitby. "I applaud the Board and District for coming up with a five-year strategic plan and begin addressing the issues that affect us all."