Bibb School's stakeholders discuss Superintendent buyout
Bibb County Schools Superintendent Romain Dallemand has reportedly asked the Bibb County School Board to buy out his contract. The information could not be independently verified, Thursday, but one BOE member would not deny that Dallemand asked for a buyout.
Former School Board candidate Alan Thiese stopped by WGXA Thursday to share with us e-mails he's been sending to his current board representatives, urging them not to buyout Dallemand's contract.
Thiese says he once supported Dallemand's "Macon Miracle" plan, but his view about the school system's leadership changed after hearing about a lawsuit filed by the district's former Chief Financial Officer.
"Once the Ron Collier situation was documented by the local media, I began to think there is something not quite right here," Thiese said.
Thiese now believes Dallemand is looking for a new job,he says Dallemand wants to take whatever the Board will offer, and get out before lawsuits and allegations of mismanagement catch up with him.
"He will be more than likely eligible for a giant, what I call golden parachute, which as I understand it would be pretty close to, if not exceed $300,000," Thiese said.
Attorney Jerry Lumley, who is representing clients in lawsuits both against Dallemand and the school district, says if the Superintendent leaves, the lawsuits won't go away.
"I wish it was a matter of simple, someone just leaving and all the problems going away, but there's problems that have to be addressed," Lumley said.
Lumley, who is a former school district attorney says Dallemand has mismanaged the district's finances and needs to go as soon as possible.
"There is some value in removing someone, who has created problems, and for that reason there is some value in paying them in order for them to leave so we won't continue to have these problems," Lumley said.
While Thiese wants Dallemand to stay so the superintendent can be held accountable for whatever happens with the Macon Miracle, he says action should be taken sooner rather than later.
"Get on with the program," Thiese said.
A Board meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday was postponed due to "the unavailability of essential parties," according to a release.
While we tried to catch up with Dallemand supporters, none would make themselves available. The District's Communication Office says it won't make comment on the situation, and a request to interview Dallemand was denied.
A message was posted onto the Facebook page for Macon City Council Member Elaine Lucas Thursday, in apparent support of Dallemand.
The text reads "I am so sad we have allowed these crooks to run our Superintendent out because he is a black man. We should ALL be ashamed. Which one of you will be next? Who will defend you?"
Phone calls to Lucas went unanswered Thursday. A message for a request for comment was not returned.