MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Office of
February 15, 2019 – The American Association for
School Administrators (AASA) named Bibb County Schools Superintendent Dr.
Curtis L. Jones, Jr. the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year Thursday in
Los Angeles, Ca.
“Dr. Curtis Jones is an excellent educator and he’s a man of
great integrity,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “He has made
real strides in Bibb County and exemplifies the work going on in Georgia to
prepare students for life. I’m grateful he’s a Georgia educator and I’m proud
to call him a friend.”
“This award shows that leadership matters,” Jones told AASA. “I
am so humbled. For me, it means that our district is doing the right work. It
means that our teachers, our principals have worked hard and are being
recognized, not only at the state level but also nationally.”
Jones has served as superintendent in Macon-Bibb County since
2015. His career as an educator began in Griffin-Spalding when he took a role
as JROTC instructor in his hometown after retiring from serving as an Army
officer for twenty years.
Using his classroom and administrative experiences, he developed
the district’s strategic plan, “Victory in Our Schools.” The plan has five goal
areas: increasing student achievement; increasing student and stakeholder
engagement; increasing teacher and leader effectiveness; being a reliable
organization; and learning and growth. This plan drives the district’s
continuous improvement efforts through shared accountability for all stakeholders
and resource alignment.
AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program is open to
all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The applicants
were measured against the following criteria:
- Leadership for learning –
creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school
- Communication – strength in
both personal and organizational communication;
- Professionalism – constant
improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing
professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the
education team; and
- Community involvement – active
participation in local community activities and an understanding of
regional, national and international issues.
A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of
the 2019 AASA National Superintendent of the Year to a student in the high
school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the
to learn more about Dr. Jones.