FROM DEC. 10, 2010:
The Bibb County Board of Education says they've agreed on a contract with Romain Dallemand to become their new school superintendent.
The board made that announcement just after 6 p.m., after a brief closed session.
The board voted 6-2 to approve a three-year contract with Dallemand, with members Lynn Farmer and Susan Sipe opposed. They said they wanted more accountability in the contract.
Board members said his base salary would be around $198,000, with some add-ons and benefits expected to increase his pay.
That base salary is about the same amount paid to Sharon Patterson, who resigned in February after more than a decade as Bibb's superintendent.
"I would have been more comfortable if we had a lower starting salary," Susan Sipe said, "and built in an incentive program for after prescribed time if, for example raising test scores or whatever, and then give him a bonus at the end."
"I have some of the same concerns," board President Gary Bechtel said, "but I was intimately involved in the development of this contract and as a result I thought it was a fair contract."
Board member Ella Carter said she thought Dallemand could start work in Macon in early February. The contract calls for a Feb. 1 starting date. Carter said the process took a long time, but not because of Dallemand.
"There's a misconception in this community that he has been quote unquote dragging his feet," Carter said. "That is an outright prevarication, it was not on his part, it was on this board's part that we wanted to be transparent, we wanted all questions answered and that's what took up a lot of that time."
The vote comes a month and a day after the board voted, 5-3, to pick the Rochester, Minn. superintendent as their next leader.
Dallemand told 13WMAZ Friday night that he accepted the terms of the contract, that he was excited by the opportunity and looking forward to meeting the students of Bibb County's students and staff.
He said he hopes to visit Macon before Feb. 1.
After their vote, the board released copies of their three-year contract.
Dallemand would receive a base salary of $198,000.
The board would also pay $670 a month into a tax-free retirement plan, and pay him $400 a month for an automobile allowance.
He would get 10 days' leave per year and at the end of each year, the value of the unused leave would be paid into that retirement account until he reached his contribution limit for the year.
He would receive 30 days' sick leave in the first year, plus an additional 15 days for each year after that; that unused time is also be paid into that retirement account until he reached his contribution limit.
And he would get $2,500 a year in professional expenses.
The contract also says Dallemand will draw up a strategic plan for the district and within 60 days of completion, he and the board will negotiate incentive pay for him based on that plan.
It also says Dallemand would be evaluated by the board each November.
The Bibb board released this statement after its vote:
Dr. Romain Dallemand Hired as Superintendent of Schools
At a Called Board Meeting on December 10, 2010, the Bibb County Board of Education voted to hire Dr. Romain Dallemand as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Bibb County School District.
"I am very pleased with the Board's decision to offer me the position as Superintendent of the Bibb County School District," says Dr. Dallemand. "We've got a lot of work to do, and I'm looking forward to meeting the students, staff, and community members in Macon."
"This has been a thorough process involving extensive discussion, as well as stakeholder engagement and feedback," says Board of Education President Gary Bechtel. "It is exciting to bring it to a close and begin preparing our district and community for Dr. Dallemand and his leadership."
According to Dr. Dallemand and the Board, he brings a skill set that matches the type of leader the district needs to move forward in preparing students for a 21st century global economy. "It is our job as adults to provide students with the opportunities to be successful, and it will require strong communications with internal and external stakeholders, including face-to-face meetings," says Dr. Dallemand. "We need to meet our students where they are and take them to the next level."
That involves working directly with staff and communities, building relationships, and focusing on student learning. He plans on beginning his time with the district by listening, learning, and meeting with both internal and external stakeholders to develop a shared vision that focuses on what is best for children and their education.
"I believe all students can achieve at very high levels, and with the full support of the Board of Education, faculty and staff, and the community, we will be able to work together to achieve excellent results for all of our students," he says.
"Dr. Dallemand has an awareness of the challenges our schools and community face in improving education for all students, and we know he will serve as a positive role model in many of their lives," adds Mr. Bechtel. "The Board is ready to assist Dr. Dallemand actively engage all stakeholders to provide the best education for our children."
Until his official starting date in Macon is determined, Dr. Dallemend will be working to support the Rochester Public Schools during the transition to new leadership. At the same time, he says he will be preparing himself to hit the ground running in his new position with the Bibb County School District.
Dr. Dallemand holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida (purchased by Argosy University in 2001); a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disorders from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida; a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida; and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.