Superintendent's Message


Steve Smith
Superintendent

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will find answers to your questions and useful information throughout.

Our motto is "Expect Excellence," and we strive to do our best daily. We have a rich tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and the arts, and we have high expectations for ourselves and our students. We are proud of our students, teachers, coaches, and club sponsors, and we achieve not only at the local and state levels, but also nationally.

Academic Success

Our district continues to lead the 10 school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA (HGRESA) area in the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) and the Financial Efficiency Star Rating (FESR). We also lead all school systems in the Middle Georgia RESA in those indicators. Bleckley County Elementary School (BCES) was named a Title I Reward – Highest Performing School, and even our nutrition department was one of only 19 districts in the state to win the Gold Level Golden Radish Award for farm-to-school efforts. Our great performance and financial efficiency are a testament to our teachers, administrators and support staff. Supportive parents and guardians who value education also play a tremendous role in our students’ success. Parents, we thank you and the entire community for supporting our schools!

Bleckley County High School leads the HGRESA in performance on the SAT and the 4-year cohort graduation rate (98.0%). BCHS also leads all 33 high schools in Middle Georgia (16 in HGRESA and 17 in Middle Georgia RESA) in 4-year cohort graduation rate.

Our district leads all 17 districts in HGRESA and MGRESA with an overall 4-year cohort graduation rate of 91.0%.

Extracurricular Success

Our motto is “Expect Excellence,” and I am so proud of our students, staff, coaches, and club sponsors, all of whom made history this past school year. Our students who participated in 4-H Senior Cotton Boll and Consumer Juding were number one in the nation! Two of our BCHS FFA teams placed 5th and 13th in the nation. The BCHS Beta Club just returned from the national convention, with two individuals placing 3rd and 4th, respectively, and the show choir placing 5th in the nation. These are all NATIONAL rankings! We had 23 BCHS students win individual STATE championships this past year in clubs and athletics, and six teams won STATE championships: Senior Forestry in FFA, Senior Dendrology in FFA, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Girls Tennis, and Boys Tennis. The BCHS Boys Track team finished 2nd in the state. For the first time in school history, BCHS won the All-Sports State Class AA Director’s Cup and the Girls Sports State Class AA Director’s Cub. We dominated our REGION competitions in athletics, too, with BCMS taking six region championships and BCHS taking seven region championships. We are installing a new trophy case at BCHS to display these and all of our region (formerly called district) and state championship trophies.

BCLC  

We are thrilled with the work being done by the new Bleckley Christian Learning Center (BCLC), which served 79 BCMS and 44 BCHS students this past year by teaching Bible-based classes off-campus under “release time,” which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 1952. The BCLC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies solely on donations to cover the cost of transporting and educating students. Research has shown and our experience confirms that the students who participate in similar programs have better grades, fewer discipline problems, and fewer absences. They are also more likely to become leaders in the schools and focus more on serving others than meeting their own needs. You can find out more about them at www.bleckleyclc.org.   

Watch Out for Children and Buses

Please be mindful of our bus loading and unloading zones. Please do not block those areas or allow your students to enter or cross those areas without holding an adult’s hand. Please be aware of buses on the roads, and never pass a bus with its lights flashing and STOP arm extended. State law prohibits passing a bus that you are meeting or following even on a four-lane or five-lane road with its lights flashing and STOP arm extended (unless there is a median separating the traffic flow). A turn lane is not considered a median, so if a bus is stopped on the Eastman Highway, Macon Highway, or the bypass, you should stop, too, regardless of your direction.

We Are Here to Serve     

We strive to serve you better, and my goal is to make every experience with Bleckley County Schools as pleasant as possible. I realize no parent who hears of his or her child’s misbehavior considers the news to be pleasant, but I do hope we can agree that proper discipline can help avoid future problems. We are all on the same team, and we all want what is best for our children. We will do our best to treat every child as our own, because when you entrust them into our care, they become our children.

Strategic Planning

Our school district has begun a strategic planning process involving school board members, school district personnel, business leaders, and parents. This process will insure our goals are aligned with our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a division of AdvancEd (http://www.advanc-ed.org/). We are also incorporating goals from the Georgia Vision Project (https://gsba.com/advocacy-communications/georgia-vision-project/), a joint effort of the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia Superintendents Association. This process should be completed by the end of the first semester of 2017, and we will begin implementation immediately. Stay tuned as we work on this vital task as we plan not only for the next five years, but also for the next decade. Our goal is to continue to EXPECT EXCELLENCE in academics, athletics, the arts, and in ourselves.

We Welcome You!

If you would like to know what makes our school district so special, come visit one of our schools or sit down with our superintendent. We would love to introduce you to some of the most compassionate, competent, and caring teachers in Georgia and a support staff that is second to none. 

 

Thank you again for supporting Bleckley County Schools! We covet your prayers, and if I can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Contact:       Steve J. Smith, Superintendent

                    Email: Steve.Smith@bleckley.k12.ga.us

                    Phone: 478-934-2821 Ext. 1100

                    Cell: 478-230-4198




9/26/2017


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