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Bibb School Board to Meet Thursday

A called meeting of the Bibb County Board of Education has been rescheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m.

The meeting was to be held this last Thursday but was called off because not everyone essential was available.

The meeting was called soon after word that Superintendent Romain Dallemand offered to leave if the board would buy out his contract. Two board members have confirmed to 13WMAZ that Dallemand made that offer.

The only agenda item is a closed executive session, which could include discussions about personnel. Any decisions would be voted on in public after the executive session.

Dallemand took office on February 1, 2011. His tenure has been marked by controversy over his "Macon Miracle" strategic plan but he signed a three-year contract extension just last month. 

Since then, he became the target of a whistleblower lawsuit by Ron Collier, who said Dallemand removed him from as Chief Financial Officer because he questioned the legality of a one-million-dollar payment to a non-profit group. 

Another lawsuit, by a Lizella man, challenges the validity of Dallemand's new contract.

Both lawsuits are scheduled for court hearings on Friday.

The two school board members who spoke privately to 13WMAZ said the board appeared to be evenly split, 4-4, over whether to negotiate a buyout with Dallemand.

His contract allows him to resign and receive $70,000 in severance per year of service.

The board can vote to remove Dallemand. Under that option Dallemand would receive a full year's salary and benefits in addition to severance pay. 

Dallemand's salary is $198,000 per year.

13WMAZ attorney Ed Sell says the contract as drafted appears to entitle Dallemand to the year's salary even if he were removed "for cause" such as neglect of duty or incompetence.


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