Macon high schooler leads thousands

Dec 26, 2011

This week: The latest on the CPS redistricting process. Plus we’ll introduce you to a high schooler in Macon who has already started ‘climbing the ladder.’

The Committee tasked with putting together a new plan for the boundaries of the Columbia Public School District has decided on its recommendation to the School Board. The committee chose between three different options in an effort to make way for Battle High School in the 2013 school year. At a meeting last week, the secondary enrollment planning committee chose what’s being called “plan B”. Jan Mees was one of the two school board members on the 22-member committee. She explains the parameters used to draw up the map.

“Plan B allows students once they enter an new intermediate school to stay with that same cohort of high school students through their high school years,” Mees said.

The committee will officially make its recommendation to the school board in January… and the board will likely vote in February. Mees expects Plan B to pass. The committee has largely been made up of community members and has made a point of basing its decisions on community input. It will make slight adjustments to plan B based on feedback from public forums and online submissions. But equally important to consider is the perspective of the educators who know the schools and students best. KBIA’s Camille Phillips sat down with Wanda Brown to get the district’s perspective. Brown is the assistant superintendent for secondary education.

Some children dream of being firefighters when they grow up. Others astronauts, or musicians. But not Alex Blodgett. She had something else in mind. KBIA’s Elizabeth Trovall went to Macon to shadowed Alex, who at just 17 has already achieved her dream, presiding over the Future Business Leaders of America’s 250,000-person national organization.