by Katelyn Heck, 13WMAZ.com
- The Bibb school board OK'd the process to consolidate South Macon elementary schools, Barden and Burghard.
- That merger would save the district more than a half-million dollars.
- Board members also approved reconfiguring Jones and King-Danforth in East Macon.
The Bibb County school board plans to consider merging Barden and Burghard elementary schools.
Both schools have around 300 students and are within about a mile of each other.
If the board approves the merger, the district would close Barden and send students to Burghard. That would save the district around $510,000.
Before they can do that, state law requires the district to hold two public hearings. The board voted Tuesday night to start that process, but will have to vote on the official closing after those hearings.