Curtis Jones becomes superintendent of Bibb County School District

Administrator creates new alternative high school program at Westerville City School District in Ohio
By: | Issue: June, 2015
May 14, 2015

Curtis Jones began his job as the new superintendent of Bibb County School District in Georgia in April. On his first day on the job, he met with every school board member.

His first task was finalizing the board’s governance handbook and the 2016 district budget. Jones says he also wants to focus on the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program the district implemented this year.

It has been two years since Bibb County had a permanent superintendent, and it’s had three interim superintendents since February 2013. The board told local media outlets they are confident that Jones will bring much-needed stability to the district.

Scott Ebbrecht, coordinator for assessment and alternative education services at Westerville City School District in Ohio, helped the district create a new alternative high school program.

The districtÑwhich once served an affluent, predominantly white suburbÑis now home to students from a mix of socioeconomic groups, cultures and races, and who come from more than 70 countries and speak more than 70 languages.

To meet the needs of all students, the district won a grant to create Education Opportunities for Success, an alternative school designed by students. The school was recently recognized as a model program with strong evidence of effectiveness by the National Dropout Prevention Center and Network.

Denise Spence, IT programs manager at Dunbar High School, part of the School District of Lee County in Florida, won the Woman in Technology Award from the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership in March.

Spence manages the high school’s three award-winning IT certification programs: the Microsoft IT Academy for Technology Excellence (the first Microsoft-certified high school program in the world), the Adobe Academy for Digital Excellence, and the Academy for Game Design and Programming Excellence. She guides academy teachers in using productivity tools and curriculum integration.

Vic Hill, superintendent of Mitchell County School District in southern Georgia, spearheaded a plan to transform a school bus into a mobile classroom.

It has 24 laptops, high-speed internet, an overhead projector and a printer. The bus is driven into the community after school, and teachers provide homework assistance to students. Parents are also welcome to come on board and use the computers.

Jesse Ruiz, vice president of the Chicago board of education, was named interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools in April. Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation into the district’s decision to award a $20.5 million no-bid contract to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant.

Ruiz is an attorney, and the former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.