Arguments Begin on Proposed New School District

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- The Bibb County Board of Education spoke out about Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal of a new school district.

If approved, Opportunity School District will take over at least 20 schools that have been deemed “failing” for three consecutive years.

Vice President of the Bibb County Board of Education, Jason Downey is opposed.

“I think change for the sake of change is a slippery slope and that’s the way the Opportunity School District sounds like to me, change for the sake of change,” Downey said.

He raises many question about what happens to the buildings if the state takes over the schools, and the children if they don’t want to attend the schools.

Rep. Robert Dickey likes the proposal; he says it’s time for change in the chronically failing schools.

“We’ve given the local school boards many, many years to bring them up and they haven’t been able to do so,” Rep. Dickey said.

There are nine schools in Bibb County that would be on the Opportunity School District list.

They include: Brookdale Elementary, Bruce Elementary,  Hartley Elementary, Ingram-Pye Elementary, Riley Elemtary, Williams Elementary, Appling Middle School, Ballard-Hudson Middle School and Southwest High School.

The vote on the amendment is Nov. 8.