By Faye Gaston
A committee from the Town Hall meetings met to discuss improvement of the Bullock County Public School System.
Dr. Marvin Lowe, EdD, led the discussion. Meeting with him were Carla Elston, Darlene McGaw and Faye Gaston. A suggestion was made to coordinate the efforts of the Town Hall committee with other groups who had the same goal of improving the public schools in Bullock County.
Ideas discussed were for citizens to adopt a classroom, especially at South Highlands Middle School. Members of the Retired Teachers Association could be utilized as mentors/tutors for students needing this assistance.
Dr. Lowe said there are "grade levels behind" that need to move forward. The condition of school buildings that need renovating was described by Dr. Lowe.
Dr. Lowe reported on the committee's discussion as follows. Social media should be used to promote what is going on in the schools to the community and get more parents involved in improving the school system. All social media links should be grouped and placed on the District's website.
At the October 29, 2019 Town Hall meeting, it was indicated that the Bullock County Retired Teachers Association wants to partner with South Highland Middle School. This Association needs to be connected with the Middle School.
Faye Gaston was very impressed with the Special Education Thanksgiving luncheon at Bullock County High School.
Dr. Lowe shared information learned from the Harlem Children's Zone Practitioners Institute from the week of November 18, 2019. Bullock County Schools Superintendent Dr. Blair, Dr. Lowe and other State Department of Early Childhood Education personnel are scheduled to meet to finalize the next steps on December 4, 2019.
Updates will be shared from this meeting. A meeting will be established to gain input from those who will be affected by this new program. There is a possibility of having satellite campuses throughout the county.
Inquiry will be made about sample ballots for the special school 3 mil tax referendum in March 2020 that would help finance the renovation of classrooms, restrooms, and the CTC; upgrade of athletic facilities and purchase new school buses.
Concerning the downtown development, an update was provided about the Walk of Fame and possible grants available for Dollar General and other businesses for a face-lift.