Dallemand Offers to Leave Bibb Superintendent's Job

8:18 AM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
Superintendent Romain Dallemand at the official launch of the 'Macon Miracle.' (Photo: Suzanne Lawler/13WMAZ.com)
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Two Bibb Board of Education members tell us that Superintendent Romain Dallemand has offered to leave his job if the board would buy out his contract.

But those same two board members say it appears unlikely that the board would immediately approve a buyout.

In their opinion, the board appears deadlocked, 4-4.

A called school board meeting scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. was canceled on short notice "due to the unavailability of essential parties," according to a news release. It stated that the meeting would likely be held next week.

The two board members who spoke with us did not wish to be identified by name.

Dallemand has been superintendent for less than two years and just accepted a new contract last month.

But he's also faced increased criticism and new lawsuits in recent weeks.

A former school board member, Gary Bechtel, and his family are suing Dallemand for allegedly allowing personal information about Bechtel's son to be posted to the district's website.

A Bibb County man has filed a lawsuit arguing that the school board violated the law and acted illegally when it approved Dallemand's new contract in December.

And the district's former CFO, Ron Collier, has filed a whistleblower lawsuit, arguing that he was removed from his job as punishment for raising questions about a $1 million payment to a community group. 

Also last week, the district's auditors said school district leadership had committed millions in public money without the approval of the school board.

Dallemand joined the district in January 2011 after serving as superintendent in Rochester, Minn.

Last year, he announced his ambitious "Macon Miracle" strategic plan. The board approved it by a 5-3 vote after public protests against some parts of the plan.

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