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Dallemand's educational 'summit' canceled

Former Bibb schools Supt. Romain Dallemand won't be traveling from sunny Haiti to snowy Connecticut this week.

Dallemand was scheduled to speak at a educational-reform conference March 7 and 8 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

But the dean of the college's school of education said this week it was canceled.

Jim Carl said the conference was organized and then canceled by a couple of Sacred Heart faculty members who decided they could not pull the gathering together in time. Carl said he was unaware of recent controversies surrounding Dallemand and did not believe they were related to the cancellation.

The educators' "summit" was sponsored by a group called the School District Reform Collaborative.

And the group's website lists Dallemand as the collaborative's board chairman.

According to its website, "The School District Reform Collaborative (SDRC) is a research-based, vibrant professional development forum dedicated to inspiring excellence in education by facilitating alliances that will provide educational leaders with the expertise and capacity needed to enhance or expand upon and improve learning outcomes and practice for all learners."

Dallemand was also listed as one of the four speakers at this weekend's "2014 summit."

Another was Mechelle Severson, a former member of the Rochester, Minnesota school board. That's the district where Dallemand worked as superintendent before coming to Bibb County in 2011.

In 2011, she told 13WMAZ that she was "very pleased" with his work there.

Dallemand has been unavailable for comment since a Bibb County school audit last week said he committed the district to millions of dollars in spending without board approval. The district says he's moved back to his native Hait

Georgia's attorney general is expected to name a special prosecutor to decide whether any crimes were committed.

On Friday, his lawyer, Michael Kramer of Atlanta, said he had no comment, according to his office.


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