MACON, Georgia (KBTV)- Bibb County School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. has announced his retirement after his contract ends this school term.
Dr. Jones is a National Superintendent of the Year and is well-known throughout the state and country for his leadership on public education matters. Dr. Jones says, “I am thankful to have had the humbling experience of being your Superintendent in Bibb. The past seven years have been the best years of my professional life, and it is because of you, our employees, students, parents, and community members. I thoroughly enjoyed the work we have done, the achievements we have accomplished and the relationships we have created. In my opinion, Bibb County is one of the best school districts in the state to work. Our teachers, leaders and staff care about students and our community, and I know how dedicated and hardworking our team is. I will miss this community and our VIP team greatly.”
Dr. Jones joined the Bibb County School District as Superintendent on April 6, 2015. He is a passionate educator dedicated to developing students as scholars, leaders, and good citizens. Using his classroom and administrative experiences, Dr. Jones developed the Bibb County School District’s strategic plan, “Victory in Our Schools.” The strategic plan has five goal areas: increasing student achievement, increasing student and stakeholder engagement, increasing teacher and leader effectiveness, being a reliable organization, and learning and growth. This plan drives the District’s continuous improvement efforts through shared accountability for all stakeholders and resource alignment.
Jones works to ensure the District’s instructional practices meet the needs of students and prepares them to be college or career ready. Early on, he established one of the District’s main priorities as “getting students reading on grade level.” Through his guidance, District administrators have addressed equity issues by ensuring students have access to similar instructional practices, interventions and supports. Additionally, the development of a District Literacy Plan has led to student growth on the Georgia Milestones Assessments and an increase in the percentage of students reading on grade level.
In December 2018, Dr. Jones was named 2019 Georgia Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA). Later that month, he was named one of four finalists for 2019 National Superintendent of the Year by The School Superintendents Association (AASA). In February 2019, at AASA’s National Conference on Education, Dr. Jones was named 2019 National Superintendent of the Year.
Additionally, he has been committed to fostering a healthy, safe, and supportive learning environment conducive to the growth and development of every student. From a focus on safety and security, to the award-winning implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework that supports strength of character, the District is striving to ensure positive learning experiences are occurring in each school. Under his leadership, the District’s partnership with the OneMacon Business Education Partnership (BEP) flourished and led to a community-supported districtwide implementation of The Leader in Me program to align with the community’s vision of developing students into successful members of the Macon-Bibb community – students who, as Dr. Jones underscores, understand the value of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.
During his time as Superintendent, the District has achieved accreditation from AdvancED, now known as Cognia, and two schools – Skyview and Carter Elementary Schools – have been recognized as National ESEA Title I Schools of Distinction. Numerous leaders and staff members have been recognized at the state and national level, and many have even been invited to serve as leading representatives in panel discussions or presentations on how Bibb has demonstrated success.
While celebrating these achievements, Dr. Jones has continued to remain cognizant of the District’s fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. For the fifth year in a row in 2021, the Board approved the Superintendent’s budget that allowed for a reduction in the millage rate. Each approved budget has reflected the District’s continued commitment to providing a high-quality education and safe environment for the students of Bibb County.