Dallemand Sworn in as Bibb Superintendent | News
Dr. Romain Dallemand was sworn in as Bibb County School Superintendent and drew cheers Monday night when he told an invited audience of political and civic leaders: "I am here to change the system."
He called on the community for help.
"You must be willing to work alongside me to make educating every child the number-one priority of Bibb County," he said.
Dallemand was sworn in at a ceremony attended by several hundred guests at Central High School.
He said: "We will assume the responsibility for closing the achievement gap" and preparing every student to graduate. "The challenges we face are great but we can achieve our goals."
"We must all be willing to be called to action."
During a news conference following Monday's ceremony, Dallemand said his first priority is making sure all Bibb students are prepared for their future. He says he plans to meet with staff, including teachers and principals, and to make sure they get the resources they need.
"I will do everything possible to have small meetings and even individual meetings to the extent appropriate," Dallemand said.
When asked about his entry plan, something he told the crowd during his speech to expect in a few weeks, Dallemand said "stay tuned."
"That will be part of a larger community conversation," Dallemand said.
Dallemand's predecessor, Sharon Patterson, retired under fire in February 2010 over her handling of allegations of misconduct against some principals. She was already under mounting criticism over student achievement levels in the district.
Dallemand was recruited in November from his post as school superintendent in Rochester, Minn.
According to the biography and news articles he submitted to the district's executive search firm, Dallemand was born to a single parent in Haiti and grew up in poverty.
He was fluent in French and Haitian Creole and learned English when his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. when he was 15.
He was a mental-health therapist for four years in Florida before becoming an educator. He worked as a principal and assistant superintendent in Hartford, Conn. schools before being hired in Rochester more than three years ago.