Duane McGee, Superintendent of Bibb County schools was recently recognized by the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) with its Legislative Engagement Award for District 7 at the Annual SSA Conference held in Montgomery, March 5. 

Before this year’s legislative session began, McGee, President of District 7, organized a meeting and luncheon of District 7 Superintendents as well as state legislators from that area to talk about educational needs and the upcoming session. 

According to Ryan Hollingsworth, SSA Executive Director, “Mr. McGee organized the event, found sponsors for the luncheon and had 12 of 13 superintendents at the meeting. It would have been 13 of 13 but one was out of state. There were also six legislators at this meeting and he facilitated excellent interaction between the two groups.  In fact, the two groups were so engaged that they ran into lunch time and the meeting moved from that room to The Half Shell where it continued with no one leaving.  This was by far the most productive and engaging district meeting I attended this year.” 

McGee said, “I am honored to have been given this award, but I really have to thank SSA and my State Representative April Weaver, for helping me get this meeting together. 

McGee was recognized by Board President Mike Oakley at the latest Bibb County Board of Education meeting for having received the award and for bringing positive recognition to the Bibb County school system. 

McGee serves as President of District 7 which includes the following school systems and Superintendents:

Jason Griffin, Chilton County
Duane McGee, Bibb County
Michael Ryans, Hale County
James Carter, Greene County
Walter Davie, Tuscaloosa County
Jamie Chapman, Pickens County
Jim Burkhalter, Fayette County
Joel Hagood, Walker County
Vance Herron, Lamar County
Ann West, Marion County
Mike Daria, Tuscaloosa City
Chris Cook, Winfield City
Kyle Kallhof, Demopolis City

These State Legislators are involved with District 7

Bill Poole, House District #63 (and Chairman of the Education Trust Fund committee)
Ralph Howard, House District #72
April Weaver, House District #49
Kyle South, House District 16
Gerald Allen, Senate District #21
Greg Reed, Senate District #5 (Senate Majority Leader)

“SSA promotes public education, advocates for children and youth in our state, provides a unified voice for school superintendents in our state and provides our members with pertinent information about public education. When the legislature is in session, we assign superintendents to be in the State House and to engage legislators concerning our budget and policy priorities. As the District 7 President, Duane McGee is very organized and effective, and it showed with the results of the meeting.” 

SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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Mike Oakley is a longtime community and state activist dedicated to making his space better than when he found it. A 39-year member of the Alabama Army National Guard and U.S. Army, Oakley achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major (CSM) and was mobilized or activated four times. He is a member of the Bibb County Board of Education since 1998 and works tirelessly to improve education initiatives in his home county. A member of several state boards of directors, Oakley believes that your attitude determines your latitude and a positive mindset is imperative to defeat negativity encountered in life. A lover of books, poetry, music and history, Oakley is excited to be a part of the move to bring news and enlightenment to interested readers.


  1. I would like to make a few small corrections to this story, if I may.

    Superintendent Kyle Kallhof of Demopolis City Schools attended our district legislative meeting in February, but he is actually in SSA District 2 instead of our Dustrict 7. We were happy to have him join us in Tuscaloosa.

    Ann Jackson is the superintendent of Jasper City Schools, which is in SSA District 7. Ann was out of state on the day of our district legislative meeting.

    Special thanks to my colleagues for inviting their local legislative delegations to attend our meeting. Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton had confirmed attending but had a death in the family and could not meet with us.

    Finally, a big thank you to Dr. Mike Daria and Tuscaloosa City Schools for hosting our meeting at their central office, and to Jordan Morris, Bobby Hathcock, and Zach Ward of Ward Scott Architecture for sponsoring our lunch at The Half Shell where we continued our discussions after the meeting.

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