Created: Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:51:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:08:36 EST
Former Bibb School Superintendent Romain Dallemand is gone but remnants of his "Macon Miracle" remain.
For instance, fourth graders at Bernd Elementary are still taking mandarin classes despite the Bibb County Board of Education cost cutting.
Students at Bernd Elementary count to ten Friday afternoon in Mandarin Chinese. It is their second year of instruction and students still seem excited.
"Mandarin Chinese class is very fun. I get to learn a new language," said Kyla Bronson, a fourth grade student at Bernd Elementary.
Several students across the Bibb County School System will not be continuing learning the foreign language this year. Seven schools were selected to get continued funding.
Bernd Elementary principal Christopher Ridley was more than excited that his school was included in the group of schools selected.
"We were elated when we got the call that said we were one of the seven schools,” said Ridley. “My staff they really embraced mandarin last year and we are excited to have a different foreign language."
Board members cut all funding for the mandarin curriculum implemented last year, but through a partnership with Confucius Institute and Kennesaw State University, a small portion the program lives on.
The seven schools chosen were schools that expressed enthusiasm and excitement for the program. The teachers will be teaching Chinese to all grade levels at the 7 elementary schools.