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Cliffard Whitby, the director of the Central Georgia Partnership for Individual and Community Development, is not happy with the Bibb County School Board's decision to cut some financial ties to Macon Promise Neighborhood. Macon Promise is a coalition of groups in Macon working to improve the Tindall Heights and Unionville areas.

In October 2012, during former superintendent Romain Dallemand's tenure, the school board voted to pay up $325,000 in operational costs, annually, to the Central Georgia Partnership for Individual and Community Development, which runs Macon Promise at the Historic Ballard-Hudson school.

Whitby said those funds go to the upkeep of the building, grounds and administrative costs of putting on events. He said not having that money will have "significant ramifications."

"Not having that just makes it more difficult for us to provide some of the things that we had wanted to do in the community and has been doing over the last year. And so we just have to find other means to get some of those things done now," said Whitby.

On Tuesday, board member Lynn Farmer said the school system can provide those operation services itself, which includes maintenance and janitorial work. Thursday, the board directed further questions to Interim Superintendent Steve Smith, who was unavailable for comment. However Stephanie Hartley, with the school district, told 13WMAZ that Smith and their lawyers will meet with Whitby and his legal counsel on Monday.

"There's always hope that the board will reconsider the needs of these two communities in particular, but we respect the fact that the board had the option to review and reaccess the commitment," said Whitby.

Farmer said the organization has given the school system a $325,000 bill for the 2013 operational services, but they did not provide any receipts that show the work was done. Whitby said they are working on getting them to the board by the end of the month.


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