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Bibb County schools will soon start a new initiative to help struggling students. To do that, they're launching a new learning center. It's called the Communities in Schools Performance Learning Center.

It's aimed at helping students like Brenda Williams' son, who has 10th grade credits but is supposed to be in the 11th. She said bullying has caused him to fall behind.

"He's real smart, but it's just like something is hindering him from reaching that level where he needs to be at. And like I say sometimes our children get picked on by other children that cause them not to excel," said Williams.

To qualify, students must be failing at least two classes in core content areas like Math, Science, Social Studies and English.
They also need to be overage and under-credited ninth and tenth graders as well as juniors and seniors who have had unsatisfactory experiences in traditional high school, for example have been getting sick and missing class.

Teens will spend the day at Hutchings College and Career Charter Academy and will focus on the challenge areas while also taking their general classes.

"Core content teachers will help work through that mastery process to ensure that you have completed the requirements for mastery or passing," said Sylvia Hooker, deputy superintendent of school improvement.

Classes will be taught on a 20 to 1 student teacher ratio and includes opportunities for online learning.

Students can take a pathway, or career choice, in areas like auto and culinary.

"This gives my son an opportunity, you know, to really excel," said Williams. "He'll have an opportunity to work on his own, his concentration will be better, it'll cause him to really dig in," said Williams.

After a year in the program, teens should be ready to go back to their home school. Officials hope this will help increase the graduation rate and overall student success.

Classes for the program start on September 15th. The district hopes to enroll around 75 students and will provide transportation.

The initiative was started with seed money from a $200,000 grant from communities in schools. However, the district will also provide funds.

There used to be a program similar to PLC several years ago called the Renaissance Academy, but school board member Lynn Farmer says it closed to due lack of enrollment. However, she's optimistic about the future of the performance learning center.

Hooker said interested parents should contact their school principal, or counselor for more information.


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