Bibb votes on Minnesota superintendent today

Romain Dallemand

Romain Dallemand

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.

According to the Rochester, Mn.,Post-Bulletin:

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.

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David Sims

December 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

I doubt that Bibb County could get Dallemand if Dallemand’s prospects in Minnesota were hopeful. That controversy over his buying a $5000 desk for himself during a period of austerity, strong enough suggestion though it is that he’s corrupt, is probably not the only reason he was in bad odor there. Think a while, and ask yourself whether you knew all should should have known about Beverly Hall before the Atlanta Public Schools system hired her. I think that Bibb County will regret this move.


December 10th, 2010
2:05 pm

Congratulations to Macon for securing a new superintendent! Let’s hope he, the Board and the community work together to move their district forward.


December 10th, 2010
3:30 pm

Time will tell whether this was a good hire or not:

“…he was clobbered in the media for buying a $5,000 desk amid cutbacks to schools.”

And rightly so. To me, this is an indication of poor judgement.

“But the Haiti native also is credited with helping to raise test scores.”

Where have we heard that before? APS and Beverly Hall?

I don’t know what the circumstances were in Bibb County, but unless a school system is in such disarray that they need to bring in a fresh start (Clayton County), I will always question why you don’t set up one of the Assistant Superintendents. I mean, that is one of the duties of the leader of any successful organization – to groom his subordinates for the next step.


December 10th, 2010
4:29 pm

Lee, in the case of ’some’ school systems, ciizens prefer outsiders without ties to the current system. Your analogy about ‘fresh start’ seems to be what many want.


December 10th, 2010
4:57 pm

I am a native of Bibb (private school educated), and taught in the public schools. Do your research, and you will see why most parents that value education, send their kids to private schools in Bibb. Think guns in schools, gang members in elementary schools, and death threats to teachers on a regular basis. Bibb had a lot of CRCT scandals in the news, and several admins were taken out of the schools, and given CO jobs.
Most of my teacher friends in Bibb do not understand why this guys was hired. They hired a company to find a Super, as the last one was asked to leave, and still has charges against her right now. The 2 semi-finalists, one of them being this guy, do not have any experience in a very poor, majority African-American school district.
The latest news is on this guy’s educational credentials, as they all are from diplama mills.
Do some research, and you might find that Dekalb and APS, Clayton and others… aren’t really that bad!

An American Patriot

December 10th, 2010
5:18 pm

Haiti?????…..You mean, we have to depend on Haiti to supply a Georgia Public School System with a Superintendent. Folks, Haiti????? Where they can’t even govern themselves properly????? Oh, woe is me, woe is me……what are we gonna do?????


December 10th, 2010
6:04 pm

I think we need to be careful in bringing in “saviors.”


December 10th, 2010
6:35 pm

Bibb school system is a joke and the board is a bunch of self serving clowns with racial divides and turf issues. The schools are awful. What few good people there are can’t save the system from it’s self. A few good principals but no support from the BOE or the staff at the office. I retired from there after rearranging the deck chairs a few time. Attacked by gangs of students, parents that attack the campus police and admin that require teachers to over time with out pay. I am glad I left.
I am going to the islands and get myself a doctorate from a strip mall then find one of those companies that charge systems big bucks to find supers. Even if I split my first years pay with them I make way more than I ever did teaching.


December 10th, 2010
6:56 pm

Here we go again…someone else from Minnisota..they should learn from Clayton County’s mistake.

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 10th, 2010
7:49 pm

Ahh…I see the “usual” nay-sayers!

sped teacher bibb

December 10th, 2010
8:19 pm

Go to the Bibb County Schools web site and read this guys “qualifications”. We spent 21K to find this super that was having problems where he was previously. Check out what they say about him in Rochester. I am willing to give him a chance;but he better start with cutting the dead wood at the board office-fat chance-and eliminating incompentent admistrators throughout the system. Our system has been poorly run for so long it will take someone who walks on water to get things even headed in the right direction.


December 10th, 2010
8:40 pm

Thank you from Rochester for helping us out up here!!

Dr. John Trotter

December 10th, 2010
9:59 pm

This guy will be a disaster too — just like Patterson was. I know that I can count on this…school boards will never learn.

An American Patriot

December 10th, 2010
10:03 pm

You know, I smell a conspiracy here….was this decision by the obviously badly biased Bibb Board brought on and influenced by the United States Justice Department headed by Eric Holder? whose boss is the POTUS. Naaaaaahhhhh…..they wouldn’t do that, would they? Hmmmmm…..not so sure they wouldn’t……wasn’t this the same Eric Holder who upheld black blackjack wielding thugs scaring people away from a polling place somewhere? Folks, I smell a rat here and the smell’s pretty strong. Why would a group of supposedly educated people known as the Bibb County BOE hire someone who obviously has a problem making good judgment calls? and again, from Haiti????Me thinks this state and country has more problems than anyone even suspects.

Ole Guy

December 11th, 2010
12:12 pm

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has had a pulse, and been sober for at least a day, that the elevation of test scores holds about the same likelihood as a virgin 24 hours after the Navy gets shore leave. ANYONE, I am certain, can show a resume-enhancing increase in test scores, particularly when said individual is in a position to make the numbers say anything.


December 11th, 2010
9:06 pm

Thank you Macon, we appreciate you. For all his talk about raising test scores, i haven’t really seen it. For the talk of how more students are participating in AP classes, that is a direct result of eliminating many of the honors level classes which only left the option of basic or AP, thus forcing many students into the AP route by default.

drew (former teacher)

December 12th, 2010
9:59 am

“But the Haiti native also is credited with helping to raise test scores.”

I don’t care how many $5,000.00 desks he buys….after all, the ONLY thing that matters is raising test scores, right?

But then again, there’s more than one way to raise test scores. Right Ms. Hall?

Have Teacher Will Travel

December 12th, 2010
3:34 pm

Well Atlanta will probably buck this trend. No more islanders we hope. The inside is so corrupt but who cares? You’ve got Kathy, Ruby, Randolph and a host of other crafty onesor go on the southside and try one of the Teach for America principals…that would be interesting. Better yet, bring in one of the Frat brothers or Sorority sisters and help sweep away some of this dirt. I say go back and get Doc Horton from Fulton. APS hates him for bucking them. He might be just what they need. 100,000 administrators in the U.S. and we are still looking at people from places where their school systems are jacked up. There is only one way to raise test scores. Give the poor children the same home and food as the middle class. Shut off the t.v.’s at 7pm and all electronic devises. Put tanks on the streets so that the kids will stay on their houses with a parent and read, study and do their homework. Children have to want to learn and they have to be reinforced at home.

Or just fire all of the teachers, support staff, and administrators. Mix up all the schools so that all manner and races are mixed up. Then, assign everyone by lottery. Now you have a level playing field. Guess what, the scores will go up. And, put the parents in jail if their kids miss more than 3 days out of school and/ or they don’t come to their bi-weekly parent meetings. Do away with all crappy paperwork for teachers. Let them teach.

Have Teacher Will Travel

December 12th, 2010
3:36 pm

Sorry about the typos.


December 13th, 2010
6:51 am

Yet another loser is thrust upon the good citizens of GA and one must conclude that in all the USA there must not be a qualified citizen other than this haitian transplant.

Unlike the APS, hopefully, the citizens of Bibb county will know better that to be tricked by this “johnny come lately”.

Glass Half Full

December 13th, 2010
7:12 pm

I am a teacher in the Bibb County School System, and the problem did not just start. We can expect these new people to come in and fix everything with a snap of a finger. We make to many changes in the public school system. The people who are making the changes are not even in the trenches daily. My dissertation will be on Organizational Change and how it affects Public Schools. I think some light needs to be shed on this topic. School use to be about educating our children, now it’s about business; how much money we can get for our district and doing what ever we have to in order to get those funds. When we truly get someone who is more concerned with educaiton and no money (like Patterson), we will be much better off. Give the new guy a change, he can’t do any worse………

Missy Elliot

December 16th, 2010
12:30 pm

I hope the new superintendent brings about a new vision – But his first challenge will be to get a handle of all the mismanagement of funds and staff (particulatly teachers and support staff) in Bibb County schools – and replenish the central administration team and go on to replace “incompetent” principals – who get in the way of good teaching – but students’ learning as well. I hope he has the insight and the “guts” to clean house internally first. There is too much corruption in what could be a good systwm with the right central administration.