Dallemand Plans to Cut 16 Office Jobs | News
Bibb County school Supt. Romain Dallemand says he plans to eliminate 16 central-office jobs and add six new positions at a savings of about $1 million.
Dallemand presented his plan for a new district leadership chart Thursday, that includes eliminating 16 positions, but adding six full-time jobs and two part-time positions. One job, county athletic director, will be eliminated and the duties passed to an employee who will be paid a stipend.
"We know that we are facing budget cuts," Dallemand said. "We need to look at how we can do the job better for less."
Under the new chart, one deputy superintendent, six assistant superintendents, seven directors and two coordinators will be eliminated.
Dallemand plans to add two deputy superintendents, for a total of four, once changes take effect July 1.
The new chart includes three associate superintendents, one for each of three school zones he'll create. Dallemand plans to make each one responsible for supervising principals and restructuring schools in their zone.
Dallemand created a new director of strategic partnerships and welcome center, to run his proposed center and build relationships with the community.
He says the leadership team will include two part-time student-discipline administrators, to work with district attorneys on expulsions and suspension.
Dallemand discussed his management reorganization this afternoon with the Bibb County Board of Education. "We owe it to our children to improve the system," Dallemand said. "We owe it to this community."
Dallemand cited school data he called "sad and depressing," that he says shows thousands of Bibb students fall behind in math and reading.
He says the district's graduation rates range from 32 to 60 percent at each high school, not 63 percent, as reported by the state.
"We have no choice, we have to change," Dallemand said.
The board met with Dallemand behind closed doors for more than an hour before voting unanimously in favor of his plan.
"I thought it was an excellent plan," member Tom Hudson said. "We can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results."
Board president Tommy Barnes called the changes a "bold step".
"I think when you bring in someone from the outside with a fresh perspective, they redefine the things you've always looked at," Barnes said. "I think that's what Dr. Dallemand has done. The difference is, a lot of people have pointed out our flaws and pointed out the things we haven't done well. He's the first to point them out and then offer a solution."
Before Thursday's board meeting, Dallemand spoke with 13WMAZ's Lauren DiSpirito about the changes, and said the savings could be put towards educational purposes, such as literacy, math instruction or character-building programs.
"We need to find a way to place more resources in front of our students," he said. "Our students are situated in different places, our goal is to meet them from where they are and take them to the level where they need to be."
Dallemand says he decided to make cuts after talking with administrators, parents and community leaders, and analyzing district data.
"We cannot have what we currently have today, where we are graduating 45 percent of our ninth graders," Dallemand said.
He says he calculated graduation rates that show less than half of Bibb students earn diplomas. He compared the number of students who enter the ninth grade with the number who leave with a diploma after the twelfth grade, and found graduation rates at Bibb's high schools dip lower than state estimates, as low as 32 percent.
"Our high schools are what is referred to as dropout factories, we no longer want dropout factories in Bibb County."
The 16 jobs being eliminated will end June 30, with the end of the fiscal year, and current employees in those jobs can apply for new jobs. Dallemand says the district will conduct a national search to fill the new positions, which take effect July 1.