MACON, Ga. (AP) — A central Georgia school district has found its next leader.
The Bibb County School Board voted 6-2 on Tuesday to appoint Dan Anthony Sims as the district’s new superintendent. He is expected to start in his new role on July 1, The Telegraph reported.
The vote for Sims ended a nearly seven-month search to find a replacement for Curtis Jones, who plans to retire on June 30 after seven years with the district.
Sims, of East Point, was one of 33 candidates applying for the job. Sims has been an educator for 27 years; serving the final six as associate superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools.
A contract, salary and benefits were not discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting. However, district spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley said the tentative plan is to have The Sims sign a contract at a regular board meeting later this month.
Sims said her family will stay in Atlanta while her daughter completes senior year.
“She would divorce if she had to leave her school,” Sims said.
Although The Sims doesn’t officially start until July 1, he said he plans to start engaging with locals next month. A meeting with the public is scheduled for the end of June.
In a brief speech after the board vote, Sims said he would focus on continuity and thanked Jones for being “an incredible partner in the transition.”
“It has been an amazing journey that I started months ago. I knew I needed to gain as much knowledge and insider understanding of Macon, this community and this neighborhood if I had the intent to apply for this incredible and important position. … What I can guarantee is that I come to you as a prepared professional, someone who has done their homework and heart.”
Board member James Freeman said Sims “has a real vision to continue the hard work that has already been done by Dr Jones and the district to continue the progress that has been made and I think he is thrilled to “Being in Bibb County. That’s what will make him a great superintendent that will keep us going.”
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