Bibb BOE Discusses Promise Neighborhood Project
Thursday marked the first meeting of the Bibb Board of Education for its three new members who had more than their fair share of items on the agenda.
The Promise Neighborhood Project, was one of the TOPICS discussed,
The project supplies tutors to at risk students and also provides an internship program at the high school level. Unfortunately the project failed to get a funding grant that was recently applied for.
The Peyton Anderson Foundation has stepped up with a match grant to help the project maintain as they apply for new federal funds.
"We have the resources to sustain this initiative and we plan to scale it up as the resources become available but Promise Neighborhoods is just getting started." -Cliffard Whitby/Exec. Dir. Macon Promise Neighborhoods
Speaking of Promise Neighborhoods, some members of the board recently took issue with an agreement between the administration and the project in which an increase in the school system's financial commitment was made without the approval of the full board. That concern was also raised by the school system's auditors, Mauldin and Jenkins.
"You had a resolution for instance that was dated June of 2012 that said we could enter into contracts over a 10 year period that would not exceed $10 million. Instead we had someone entering into contracts for $19.4 million. That exceeded the authority, and there are policies in place to prohibit that kind of activity from happening." -Miller Edwards IV/Certified Public Accountant
Board members say they will look into enforcing and strengthening those policies