The Board Brief
July 16, 2020
This edition of The Board Brief is a summary of the information presented and actions taken at the Board of Education’s meeting on July 16, 2020. The monthly Committee and Board meeting took place via teleconference due to COVID-19.
Board Approves Revised Academic Calendar
On Thursday, July 16, Board members voted to approve revisions to the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar to take into account the delay to the start of the school year until after Labor Day.
The revised 2020-21 Academic Calendar includes 163 student days and 190 teacher work days. The first semester includes 80 days of instruction and the second semester includes 83 days of instruction. The last day of school remains the same – Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
To view the revised academic calendar for 2020-2021, click here.
Board Approves Various Instructional Items for 2020-2021
On Thursday, July 16, Board members approved the renewal or purchase of various platforms or programs for the 2020-2021 school year.
- School City – Click here to read.
- Voyager Passport Intervention Curriculum – Click here to read.
- Edgenuity – Click here to read.
- Max Scholar – Click here to read.
- REWARDS Intervention Curriculum – Click here to read.
- Renaissance Learning – Click here to read.
School Improvement Grant Allocations Approved for 2020-2021
On Thursday, July 16, Board members voted to approve School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations for Cohort 5 (Northeast High School) for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, click here.
Board Authorizes Plan to Move Forward with One-to-One Student Devices
On Thursday, July 16, Board members approved three resolutions – the Bond Resolution, the Intercept Resolution and the School Board Resolution – to allow the issuance of general obligation Sales Tax Bonds to fund the One-to-One Technology Initiative. A One-to-One Technology Initiative to provide virtual learning devices for each student was originally planned as part of the 2021 Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, funding and acquisition of the technology equipment for this project needs to move forward immediately. For more information, click here.
Following this approval, the Board authorized the District to issue purchase orders to the Dell, Apple and CDW as soon as bond funds become available. For more information, click here.
Board Authorizes Loan to ESPLOST Fund
On Thursday, July 16, Board members authorized a loan not to exceed $6,000,000 from the General Fund to the 2016 Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) fund for cash flow purposes. The loan is to be repaid from state capital outlay funds and ESPLOST proceeds no later than December 2020. For more information, click here.
Board Approves Personnel Items
On Thursday, July 16, Board members approved various personnel actions. To view personnel items approved by the Board, click here.
Board Reviews Policies
Board members reviewed various policies for first or second reading on Thursday, July 16. Policies must be read twice before they may be voted on for final action. To review the policies, click here.
- PR-1 Revision of Policy EEE – Wellness Program (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-2 Revision of Policy GCRD – Classified Personnel Overtime Pay (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-3 Revision of Policy JCEB – Student Hearing Procedure (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-4 Revision of Policy JGC – Student Health Services (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-5 Revision of Policy JGCC – Infectious Diseases (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-6 Rescission of Policy JGD – Student Psychological Services (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-7 Revision of Policy JS – Student Fees, Fines and Charges (ACTION – Second Reading)
- PR-8 Revision of Policy AFC – Emergency Closings (INFORMATION – First Reading)
- PR-9 Revision of Policy BHB – Nepotism (INFORMATION – First Reading)
- PR-10 Revision of Policy JCAC – Harassment (INFORMATION – First Reading)
- PR-11 Revision of Policy KM – Visitors to Schools (INFORMATION – First Reading)
- PR-12 Revision of Policy KMA – Trespassing (INFORMATION – First Reading)
- PR-13 Rescission of Policy MA – Education Agencies Goals and Objectives (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.
District Provides Update on 2020 Graduation Programs
The Bibb County School District is recording and hosting virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. The decision to host these events virtually was made recently by the Board of Education as a precaution due to COVID-19.
As part of these ceremonies, students will have the opportunity to receive their diplomas, and student leaders, school administrators and District officials will share recorded remarks. Students will receive further information from their schools about participating in the recordings.
10 a.m. – Howard High School
2 p.m. – Southwest High School
6 p.m. – Central High School
10 a.m. – Northeast High School
2 p.m. – Rutland High School
6 p.m. – Westside High School
To view the presentation from the Board of Education meeting on July 16, click here.