Bibb County School District Interim Superintendent Steven Smith will host a pair of listening sessions and focus groups in his effort to "speak directly with educators, students, and the community."

The two open meetings will be held

  • Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m.,
  • and Thursday, June 20, at 9:30 a.m.

Both sessions will begin in the auditorium of Central High School, at 2155 Napier Ave.

"I want to know what the most pressing issues within our school system are from their perspective," Smith said, according to a news release. "This will help me develop a list of priorities to address the immediate needs."

Participants will start the session with a 15-minute introduction before breaking off into focus groups. These groups will be facilitated by retired educators.

"This is a strictly voluntary opportunity for our teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members to share with us what they think we are doing that we don't need to do, and what we are not doing that we need to do," Smith said, according to the release.

The district is also setting up a survey to allow concerned citizens who are unable to attend this month's forums the chance to voice their opinions.

Smith was sworn in as the interim superintendent on June 3, following the buyout of former Superintendent Romaine Dallemand's contract.

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