Bibb County Superintendent Romain Dallemand sent a letter Wednesday to members of the Bibb County Board of Education that clarifies a line on his résumé.
The letter is a response to a charge sent in May to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission by community activist Darren Latch, a vocal opponent of Dallemand and his Macon Miracle strategic plan. Dallemand is scheduled to have two complaints heard by the PSC Thursday morning, state officials said.
In a complaint filed with the PSC, Latch and fellow activist Bill Knowles accused Dallemand of lying on part of his résumé. In Dallemands work history, he listed working as a mental health therapist for a private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1994 to 1998.
According to the Florida Department of Health, Dallemand was never issued a license by the state, which is a requirement for someone to list themselves as a therapist.
In Wednesdays letter, however, Dallemand clarified the line on his résumé. Calling the charge sensational, but ... not accurate, Dallemand told board members that Florida statutes allowed him to work in the field at that time, provided he was supervised by a licensed mental health provider.
At the time I provided services as a therapist, I was working within a permissible arrangement that fell within the guidelines of Florida statute, Dallemand wrote.
Dallemand added he wasnt trying to deceive anyone, but rather to more precisely define the scope of my therapy work.
To remove the possibility of any continuing confusion regarding this issue, I have been advised by the State of Floridas Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to refer to my title as a therapist in any future references, he wrote. Therefore, I will make the adjustments in my personal and professional documentation.
Attempts by The Telegraph to reach Dallemand were unsuccessful.
PSC chief investigator John Grant said Tuesday he could only confirm that there are two complaints against Dallemand that will be heard by the commission, but he was unable to confirm the nature of those complaints, or say who filed them.
Grant said there are three possible outcomes whenever a charge is filed with the PSC against an educator: the PSC can proceed with an investigation, close the case because of insufficient probable cause, or remand the case back to the school district.
Dallemand wrote that he intends to cooperate fully with the PSC, adding that its standard district policy not to comment on any complaints filed with the PSC until the case has been reviewed.
As superintendent, I have seen first-hand the professionalism and thoroughness of the PSC, he wrote. Therefore, I have every confidence in their investigation processes as the truth comes to light. As always, the District stands ready to fully cooperate if the PSC deems an action is warranted against any certified staff member. ... However, since these allegations are targeting me and regrettably diverting attention away from where it should be, I am making a rare exception and am publicly addressing them here.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.