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Staton: 'Pressure' From Bill Helped Dallemand's Exit
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State Sen. Cecil Staton won't say whether he plans to go ahead with a bill to take away the Bibb County school board's power to tax and spend.

But Staton is taking partial credit for forcing Supt. Romain Dallemand's departure.

By text message to 13WMAZ's Randall Savage, the Macon Republican said his bill "added pressure" on board of education  members.

Staton announced his bill last week, but has not yet filed it. Last week, he said it was necessary due to "dysfunction" and out-of-control spending at the Bibb school district.

The board has been discussing a possible buyout with Dallemand for several weeks. Board members have declined to discuss the superintendent's departure and why they voted to approve the buyout, less than three months after granting Dallemand a three-year contract extension.

Staton's comment on his school tax bill and the Dallemand departure: "I think it added pressure, yes. Though the necessity of a buyout is a reflection of poor choices by the board relative to his contract. We all breathe a sigh of relief that this is over. We await further positive developments from this board and a renewed focus on student success."

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