The Board Brief

January 20, 2022

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This edition of The Board Brief is a summary of the information presented and actions taken at the Board of Education’s meetings on January 20, 2022.

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Actions

Board Authorizes Personnel Items

On Thursday, January 20, Board members approved various personnel items. To view all personnel items, click here.


Board Approves Committee/Board Meeting Dates

On Thursday, January 20, Board members approved a meeting schedule for Committee and Board meetings for February 2022 through January 2023.


Committee/Board Meetings

Thursday, February 17

Thursday, March 17

Thursday, April 21

Thursday, May 19

Thursday, June 16

Thursday, July 21

Thursday, August 18

Thursday, September 15

Thursday, October 20

Thursday, November 17

Thursday, December 15

Thursday, January 19, 2023


Board Retreat

May 13 and 14, 2022


Board Elects Officers for 2022

On Thursday, January 20, Board members elected new officers for the 2022 calendar year. Dr. Thelma Dillard was elected to serve as President, Dr. Lisa Garrett was elected to serve as Vice President, and Kristin Hanlon was elected to serve as Treasurer. Outgoing officers for 2021 are Daryl Morton, President; Dr. Thelma Dillard, Vice President; and Dr. Sundra Woodford, Treasurer.


Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Calendar Approved

On Thursday, January 20, Board members approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 and Calendar Year (CY) 2022 budget calendar. Board Policy DCCA directs the District to annually provide a budget calendar for the ensuing fiscal year. This calendar must provide target dates for meetings such as budget work sessions, public hearings, and committee and board meetings for tentative and final adoption of the budget. For more information, click here.


Board Authorizes Various Operational Expenditures

On Thursday, January 20, Board members approved operational and financial expenditures including:


  • A contract to provide services for construction of a greenhouse at Heard Elementary School. This project will be paid for with Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) American Rescue Plan funding.


For more information on the aforementioned operational expenditures, click here.


Board Reviews Policies

Board members reviewed various policies for first or second reading on January 20, 2022. Policies must be read twice before they may be voted on for final action. To review the policies, click here.


  • PR-1 Policy IFBGE-Internet Security (ACTION – Second Reading)
  • PR-2 Policy GBKA-Professional Personnel Lay (ACTION)
  • PR-3 Policy MK-Educational Accreditation Agency (ACTION)
  • PR-4 Policy ML- Professional Visitors & Observers (ACTION)
  • PR-5 BCB - Board Procedures (INFORMATION- First Reading)
  • PR-6 BCBF - Rules of Order (INFORMATION- First Reading)
  • PR-7 BCBK - Executive Sessions (INFORMATION- First Reading)
  • PR-8 Policy BCBFB - Suspension of the Rules (INFORMATION- First Reading)
  • PR-9 Policy GAKA & GAKA-R(1) (INFORMATION- First Reading)


Stakeholders are encouraged to review policies posted after first reading and make public comment via Simbli before the proposed policies are brought back before the Board for action the following month. Simbli may be accessed through the District’s website, www.bcsdk12.net, under “About Us” and “Simbli.” On Simbli, “Pending Policies” will appear on the right side of the screen.

Information

Board Receives Maximizing Scheduling Presentation

On Thursday, January 20, Board members received a presentation in regards to Maximizing Scheduling in the District. The purpose of this initiative is to create clarity and improve internal processes by introducing the District’s new monthly planning guide; support innovative approaches that strategically place students in course pathways that will meet their needs; and provide an opportunity for schools to profoundly impact post-school readiness, increase the graduation rate, and provide post-secondary options for all students.


The presentation also included information and data for a potential hybrid schedule in high schools, which would feature a mix of two block periods of 105 minutes and three traditional periods of 50 minutes. For more information and to view the presentation, click here.


Board Reviews Write Score Presentation

On Thursday, January 20, Board members reviewed a presentation on Write Score for secondary schools in the District. Write Score is a writing benchmark that fully aligns to the Georgia Standards of Excellence for English Language Arts K-12 for Writing and provides materials to help measure and instruct on those standards. For more information and to view the presentation, click here.


Pre-K Lead, Assistant Teachers to Receive Supplemental Payments

On Thursday, January 20, Board members were informed the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) will pay two POWER (Providing Our Workforce Essential Recognition) payments of $1,000 for each full-time Pre-K Lead and Assistant Teacher employed by the Bibb County School District. The purpose of the POWER payment is to “recognize the dedication and hard work shown during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Currently, the Bibb County School District employs 40 full-time Pre-K Lead Teachers and 40 Assistant Teachers who are eligible for this supplemental payment. DECAL will process the first supplemental payment by January 31, 2022, and the second payment by April 30, 2022. Bibb County Pre-K Lead and Assistant Teachers will receive the first payment in February 2022 and the second payment in May 2022. For more information, click here.


Board Provided with United Way Community Schools Update

On Thursday, January 20, Board members received an update on how the United Way Community Schools pilot programs at L.H. Williams Elementary School and Burdell-Hunt Magne School are progressing. For more information, click here.


Board Reviews Monthly Financial Report

On Thursday, January 20, Board members reviewed the District’s monthly financial report. For more information, click here.


Board Receives Presentation from Capital Improvement Program

On Thursday, January 20, Board members received a presentation in regards to the 2011 and 2016 Capital Improvement Program, including information on expenditures and encumbrances. For more information, click here.


Board Reviews Investments, Investment Income and Bonds Report

On Thursday, January 20, Board members reviewed a presentation about the Investments and Investment Income report as well as the monthly Bond report associated with 2020 project accounts. For more information, click here.

Highlights and Recognitions

Morton Recognized for Term as President

During Thursday’s meeting, the Board of Education recognized Daryl Morton for his service as Board President during the 2021 calendar year. Morton has served as Board President for the last two years after previously serving in that role in 2017. Morton is an at-large member of the Board of Education in his second term.

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Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Raymond Timmerman, 3rd grade, and Judah Timmerman, 1st grade, Springdale Elementary School.

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