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Reichert: 'Get on Board' With Macon Miracle

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert joined other community leaders in urging people to "get on board" to support the Macon Miracle plan.

Reichert, Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart, NewTown Macon President Mike Ford, and Industrial Authority Chairman Clifford Whitby spoke in support of the plan at a news conference at Terminal Station.

They said that, for Macon and Bibb to move forward, Supt. Romain Dallemand's strategic plan for improving schools must succeed.

Reichert said Bibb County has a problem "in plain sight" -- that the district's schools are failing its students.

He thanked the Bibb County Board of Education for its "courageous" vote last week to approve Dallemand's plan.

Hart said improving the schools will help economic development and support Robins Air Force Base. He said that when a delegation of local officials went to the Pentagon last week in support of Robins, a military official observed that Bibb schools are a negative factor against the region.

And Whitby said Bibb County needs to upgrade its workforce to attract better-quality employers. Most big 21st-century manufacturers are automated, he said, and that required a better-educated workforce.

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