In the following message, Kimberlyn Carter, the Special Education Lead Teacher at Bruce Elementary School, addresses the community's concerns that District employees are afraid to speak up about the proposed Strategic Plan.
I became very concerned about the accuracy of reports from our local media that teachers in the Bibb County School System were being intimidated and not allowed to speak about or ask questions about the “The Macon Miracle.” Coming from Corporate America, I was amazed at how open and responsive this Strategic Planning process was. Traditionally, strategic plans initially appear to be open and transparent but employees rarely get beyond the information-gathering phase. This was not true in our system's Strategic Planning process under Dr. Dallemand's leadership.
I was elated to attend two Strategic Planning sessions with my colleagues from across the District to plan and discuss the future of our system. It was an incredible opportunity to engage in appreciative inquiry. After those two days, we attended Strategic Planning sessions at our schools with the entire faculty and staff. We participated in group sessions and even open debate about various components of the Strategic Plan. That feedback was recorded and sent to the Central Office.
After the Strategic Plan was released, we were allowed to provide feedback online as well as participate in surveys. During a faculty meeting, my principal, Dr. Ramon Johnson, opened the floor for questions, issues, concerns, etc., regarding the Strategic Plan. He answered some of our questions and I was the scribe for the meeting. Our concerns were sent directly to the Central Office and Dr. Johnson came back with answers that required further information. It was a completely transparent process with 360-degree feedback on a consistent basis. I have talked about the Strategic Plan with students and answered their questions. Members of my faculty and I have attended public forums on “The Macon Miracle” without feeling any retribution would be taken out on us for our participation.
I am very excited about the enriching learning environment that “The Macon Miracle” will provide for our students. Our community needs more hope and “The Macon Miracle” gives us hope for our future.