Dallemand misses out on bid for new job

obrown@macon.comJune 7, 2013 

Former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand is back in the job market, but he didn’t make the short list in his latest bid for a superintendency.

Dallemand was one of 21 people who applied to lead the St. Lucie public school system based in Fort Pierce, Fla. That list has since been pared to five candidates, and Dallemand “is not one of our finalists,” said Janice Karst, the director of communications for the district.

Dallemand was Bibb’s superintendent for two years. The school board bought out his contract for $350,000 in February. The deal also included accrued pension benefits and health insurance for him and his family until July 2014 or until he takes another job.

In St. Lucie County, a 41-member superintendent search advisory committee helped with the process. It included extensive public surveys that were used to build an “emerging superintendent profile” on the traits and qualities -- from leadership to communication skills -- that residents want to see in a new superintendent. A search consultant named Jim Huge helped the school board vet the candidates and winnow down the list.

The current St. Lucie County superintendent is retiring June 30. The five finalists were in town earlier this week for a series of interviews, and the school board may select a new leader June 17.

The school board may choose from the list of finalists -- or not. Karst said it’s possible the board could reopen the search process.

“Our school board was adamant that we select the right person” for the community, she said.

To contact writer Oby Brown, call 744-4396.

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