UPDATE: The Bibb County school board voted 6-2 Friday to approve Romain Dallemand.
Bibb County may be getting a new superintendent today from Minnesota, just in time to escape the snow.
Romain Dallemand is not without his controversies in Minnesota where he was clobbered in the media for buying a $5,000 desk amid cutbacks to schools. But the Haiti native also is credited with helping to raise test scores.
The Bibb County School Board in Macon, Ga., will vote on Friday whether to make Rochester Superintendent Romain Dallemand its next superintendent.
The vote of the eight-member board is set to take place at 4:30 p.m., Rochester time. Bibb County board president Gary Bechtel said the board would probably vote to approve the contract.
“It will probably get approved, I suspect. I don’t think there’s five votes to turn it down,” Bechtel said.
Given the state of negotiations, it was thought that the board might take up Dallemand’s contract Thursday, when it was set to meet in closed executive session and in a regular board meeting. But no announcement was made at Thursday’s open meeting, said district spokesman Chris Floore.
Dallemand, who has been Rochester superintendent for the past four years, has been in negotiations with the Bibb County board after it tapped him to be the district’s next superintendent in early November.
Dallemand responded to the district’s initial contract proposal with a counteroffer. And except for a few minor changes, that’s the proposal that the board will likely take up on Friday, Bechtel said.
“I think we’re where we need to be to vote,” Bechtel said.
Dallemand makes $171,600 as Rochester’s superintendent running a district of 16,427 students. Bibb County school district serves about 25,000 students.
If Dallemand and Bibb County agree to terms, the process of releasing Dallemand from his Rochester contract could follow one of two routes. He could give the district 90 days notice before leaving, or the school board could agree to release him sooner. School Board Chairman Jim Pittenger did not return calls for comment on Thursday night.