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School Board Agrees to Pay Dallemand's Legal Fees

The Bibb county school board agreed Thursday to pick up the tab to represent Superintendent Romain Dallemand against a lawsuit filed by board member Gary Bechtel and his family.

The move falls in line with the indemnification clause in the superintendent's contract.

It reads, "The District agrees that it shall defend, hold harmless and indemnify the Superintendent from and against any and all demands, claims, suits, actions and legal proceedings (including attorney's fees) brought against the Superintendent in his individual capacity or in his official capacity as an agent and employee of the District, provided the claim or suit arose while the Superintendent was acting within the scope of his employment, but excluding criminal matters."

Bechtel and his wife filed the suit in Superior Court last month on behalf of their son, Sam, after the district released an audit report of board member emails that the suit says contained Sam's personal academic information.

The suit alleges "Dr. Dallemand released Sam's private and confidential education records without authorization and with malice toward, and with the intend to injure, Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel and Sam."

The information has since been taken down, but the family is seeking damages and is requesting a trial by jury.

Board president Thomas Barnes would not comment on the move because it involves pending litigation.

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