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The Bibb County school board ended a called meeting Thursday night without voting on the future of Superintendent Romain Dallemand.

As the Board of Education went behind closed doors in late afternoon, Dallemand supporters and critics filled the board meeting room awaiting the outcome.

After three-and-a-half hours, the board emerged and did not take a vote on Dallemand.

Anticipation over the meeting was fed by news that Dallemand offered to leave his job in return for a buyout. Two board members confirmed to 13WMAZ that Dallemand proposed the buyout at a closed board meeting earlier this month.

Earlier this week, Dallemand said his goal was to finish out his contract, but deflected questions about whether he proposed a buyout.

After the meeting Thursday night, Dallemand declined to say whether the board discussed a buyout behind closed doors.

Dallemand signed a new three-year contract on December 7.  

Three days later, Chief Financial Officer Ron Collier charged in a lawsuit, Dallemand reassigned him to another job for questioning the legality of a one-million-dollar payment from district funds to a non-profit community group.

Collier's lawsuit also challenges the district's $5.75-million, 10-year lease on part of the former Ballard Hudson Middle School building -- a building it previously sold as surplus for $209,000.

Collier's lawsuit will be heard Friday in Superior Court, along with a suit by a Lizella man, Brad DeFore, who claims Dallemand's new contract is invalid. DeFore says the offer the board voted on doesn't match the contract Dallemand signed.

As the board met privately Thursday night, Macon Councilwoman Elaine Lucas told us: "We cannot let a small band of malcontents run our superintendent out of here."

Lucas said Dallemand's family has been "threatened and harassed for months and months."

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said she did not immediately know whether threats or harassment were reported to police.

Lucas had urged supporters of Dallemand to fill the board room for tonight's meeting. 

One critic, Darren Latch, told 13WMAZ's Candace Adorka: "I think it's past time now" for Dallemand to leave.

"There's too much corruption," Latch said. "There's too many people making money from the poor situation within our schools." 

Outside school district headquarters on Mulberry Street, three black clergymen led a small rally of about a dozen Dallemand's supporters.

The leaders were Rev. Walter Glover of Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Ronald Terry of New Fellowship Baptist Church and Rev. Timothy French of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church.

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