Free lunches in Bibb County schools help ensure students are getting fed, and that won't stop when the school year ends.
“We know a lot of our students are hungry during the school year,” Jones said. “Sometimes the best meal are the ones they receive during our school days and over the summer this a way for us to address that need.”
The Board of Education approved the summer meal program during their board meeting Thursday night. Funding for the meals comes from a federal grant at no cost to the district. It will provide meals five days a week to any child in Bibb County between the ages of 2 and 18 starting June 5.
“The meals do not cost anything to the student or the child. All they have to do is walk up,” School Nutrition Director Cleata Long said.
They’ll be able to go to more than 100 distribution sites to get a meal throughout the county. Sites include churches, schools, parks, and recreations centers.
“We also have a bus that will have a route that they will be able to get on and off the bus,” Long said. “They can get on the bus, eat their lunch, and then get off the bus.”
She says it’s important to feed young learners -- having at least this one wholesome meal keeps their brain active.
“When students maintain that level of nutrition throughout the year that their learning capacity and also what they’ve learned the previous year is easier to be retained,” Long said.
The distribution site list will be distributed in the coming weeks.
To sign up to be a host site for meal distribution this summer - call the school nutrition department at 478-779-2612.
Bibb Schools updates sex education policy
Changes are coming to the way sex education is being taught in Bibb County Schools.
The Board of Education revised their policy that hasn't been updated since the 1990s.
This will allow the district to adopt a formal sex education curriculum throughout the county. They will start using a program used across the country known as the Flash program.
Floyd Jolley, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, says it will include abstinence and other topics like sexually transmitted diseases.
“We want to lower teen pregnancy rates within Macon Georgia,” Jolley said. “We have some of the highest (rates) in the nation. We want to make sure that we help our students and help them understand to prevent that teen pregnancy.”
The district will start using the new sex education curriculum in the six high schools starting next school year.
The district also recognized the following retiring employees with at least 25 years of service in Bibb County:
•Harriet Agen, Rutland Middle School, all 30 years in Bibb.
•Barbara Andrews, Transportation, all 26 years in Bibb.
•Jeffery Ashley, Weaver Middle School, 25 years in Bibb, 28 years total.
•Zachary Bateman Jr., Maintenance, 36 years in Bibb, 38 years total.
•Daphne Brown, Title I, all 30 years in Bibb.
•Marta Cabell, Howard Middle School, 32 years in Bibb, 35 years total.
•Deborah Cheshire, Northwoods Academy, all 29 years in Bibb.
•Steven Corkery, Psychological Services, 35 years in Bibb, 36 years total.
•Connie Cornelius, Bernd Elementary School, all 30 years in Bibb.
•Charlene Curry, Southwest High School, 31 years in Bibb, 33 years total.
•Pamela Deshazer, Heritage Elementary School, 28 years in Bibb, 30 years total.
•Deborah Eidam, Heritage Elementary School, 29 years in Bibb, 31 years total.
•Shirley Fussell, Superintendent’s Office, all 32 years in Bibb.
•Judy Godfrey, Professional Learning, 26 years in Bibb, 34 years total.
•Antonio Goodrum, SOAR Academy, 26 years in Bibb, 29 years total.
•Brigitte Harris, Southwest High School, all 31 years in Bibb.
•Mary Hickey, Brookdale Elementary School, 28 years in Bibb, 30 years total.
•Wanda Hubbard, Heard Elementary School, all 26 years in Bibb.
•Wanda Hulett, Heard Elementary School, 31 years in Bibb, 32 years total.
•Christine Kpor, Southwest High School, all 33 years in Bibb.
•Julie Long, Rutland Middle School, all 30 years in Bibb.
•Keela Malone, Riley Elementary School, 30 years in Bibb, 31 years total.
•Ruby Manson, Rosa Taylor Elementary School, all 28 years in Bibb.
•Bernice Moore, Westside High School, all 26 years in Bibb.
•Bruce Mullen, Northeast High School, 27 years in Bibb, 31 years total.
•Cheryl Nobles, Rutland Middle School, 30 years in Bibb, 35 years total.
•Cindy Olson, McKibben Lane Elementary School, 29 years in Bibb, 31 years total.
•Bobbie Parker, Matilda Hartley Elementary School, 28 years in Bibb, 40 years total.
•Belinda Patrick, Matilda Hartley Elementary School, all 26 years in Bibb.
•Janis Peavy, Skyview Elementary School, 29 years in Bibb, 35 years total.
•James Pruett, Transportation, all 27 years in Bibb.
•Debra Shipp, Brookdale Elementary School, all 30 years in Bibb.
•Brenda Tard, Weaver Middle School, all 30 years in Bibb.
•Linda Thomas, Southfield Elementary School, 30 years in Bibb, 36 years total.
•Sandra Tuggle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, all 30 years in Bibb.