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Bibb Board Approves Dallemand's 'Dream Team'

Romain Dallemand's leadership team for Bibb County schools includes new deputy superintendents from Minnesota, New York, and Washington state.

Two of them are from Dallemand's last school district, in Rochester, Minn.

The eight-member board of education approved the list of names submitted by Dallemand Thursday night by a unanimous vote.

After the meeting, Dallemand released a statement that said, in part, "All of these candidates have a strong background in curriculum, instruction, and school improvement, and each has great people skills with strong two-way communications. They have the experience to help staff grow and improve, and they strongly believe in equity and are extremely passionate about education. Most importantly, they have high expectations for each and every child, as well as all of our adults. I strongly believe that we have the dream team that will improve achievement for all children in the district."

In March, Dallemand announced plans to restructure the district's management by eliminating 16 central-office jobs, but creating several others, including deputy and associate superintendent posts.

The district says Dallemand's list of nominees came from 115 applicants screened by the search firm PROACT. They gave Dallemand three choices for each job and he picked one.


The new deputy superintendents are:

Jane Drennan, deputy superinendent of teaching and learning. She was a principal in Rochester, Minn.

Susanne Griffin-Ziebart, deputy superintendent of school improvement and redesign. She was Rochester's head of school improvement and accountability.

Edward Judie Jr., deputy superintendent of student affairs. He was director of student services in Clover Park, Washington.

Fadhilika Atiba-Weza, deputy superintendent of operations. He had been superintendent in Troy, N.Y. since 2007.

The board also approved three associate superintendents of zone. They are charged with supevising principals and improving student performance in areas within the district.

They are:

Bertha Caldwell, principal of the Mineral Springs Magnet Middle School in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County District in North Carolina.

April Garner, now K-12 curriculum specialist for Bremen City Schools in Haralson County, Ga.

Tanzy Kilcrease, a former Bibb County principal who spent the last three years as Peach County's director of school improvement.

Also, Lori Rodgers joins Bibb as the executive director of special programs. She is now Monroe County's director of federal programs, Pre-K, Gifted and policy.

Five new principals also were approved:

Cynthia Porter, Alexander II Magnet School. She is now an elementary school principal in Asheville, NC.

Christopher Ridley, Bernd Elementary. He is now an assistant principal in Crawford County.

Sheila Garcia, Hartley Elementary. She is now a state director, leadership facilitator and school improvement specialist with the state Department of Education.

Benjy Morgan, King-Danforth Elementary. She is currently principal at Soutwest High School.

Georglyn Stephens, Lane Elementary. She is assistant principal at Union Elementary.

To read Dallemand's statement and see biographies for the new school leaders, click here.

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