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More Than 300 Gather To Talk to Dallemand
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Parents and community members crowded inside the auditorium at Northeast High School Thursday evening for the latest in a series of public forums hosted by Bibb County superintendent Romain Dallemand.

More than 300 parents filled the room to capacity, lining the walls and poking their heads in from the hallway.

According to Board of Education spokesman Chris Floore, it's the largest crowd they've had so far.

Parents voiced questions and concerns Thursday evening and told Dallemand what they'd like to see him do first.

Dallemand didn't respond to the questions, but he did take notes.

Floore says Dallemand intends to answer the questions in his blog.

During a forum at Howard High School Dallemand also said he intend to address many of the concerns as part of his "strategic plan," which he will unveil this September.

Northeast Parent Cheryl Grayer says she attended the meeting because she wanted to hear about Dallemand's plans for her children's school.

She says she didn't hear a lot from Dallemand himself, but she was very pleased with the event.

"The parents are asking questions, he's listening and writing things down. Like he say, he's going to go over them and he's going to do one by one, issue one by one," says Grayer.

Many of the parents' concerns Thursday were similar to those at other events.

Several mentioned the lack of textbooks for students, and a desire to have better communication with teachers and the administration.

There was also a significant undertone of frustration to many of the comments.

Several parents suggested that Northeast had been neglected and had not benefited from the same extracurricular activities, facility upgrades and increased cash flow as other schools in the district.

The final public forum will be held at Westside High School on Tuesday, May 10. It will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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