Later this month, two consultants will hold diversity training for Bibb County school officials.
School spokesman Donnie Porter says the sessions will be held July 26th and 27 for the district's principals, assistant principal, directors, coordinators and department heads.
The training is part of Superintendent Romain Dallemand's Macon Miracle plan and the goal is to teach school leaders to improve student performance.
It will be led by consultants from Glenn Singleton's California-based Pacific Education Group.
But some critics earlier this year asked Dallemand not to hire the group. They said Singleton's training program actually makes things worse, by causing racial tensions.
Porter said the Pacific group will be paid more than $18,000 for the two-day session. He did not know if later sessions are scheduled for other staff.
Porter released this statement to 13WMAZ:
Two consultants from the Pacific Education Group will be conducting all-day diversity trainings on July 26 and 27 at the Goodwill Center located at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA, 31206. Participants from the Bibb County School District will include Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors, Coordinators, and District-level Department Heads.
These diversity trainings are, and have been, a part of the Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board and are designed to help administrators better identify and understand how factors such as race and socioeconomic considerations impact student learning. Additionally, these sessions will encourage open and honest dialogue in order to best identify useful strategies to most effectively improve achievement outcomes for all students.