Former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand is one of seven candidates vying for the superintendency in Shreveport, La.
The Caddo Parish school board will screen those candidates before selecting finalists July 16, according to the Shreveport Times. Interviews with the finalists are set for July 22-26, and the board plans to hire a new superintendent by July 30.
Five of the candidates are from out of state. Two of them are Shreveport residents.
The Times thumbnail description of Dallemand read in part: Dallemands latest work included a stint as superintendent of Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga., which ended after just more than two years when the board ousted him in February. Dallemand came to Bibb County, sparking controversy by closing schools, cutting teachers and calling for schools to teach Mandarin Chinese to all students.
A native of Haiti, who moved to the U.S. at 15, Dallemands work history also includes time as superintendent in Rochester, Minn., and assistant superintendent in Hartford, Conn.
Dallemand applied for the St. Lucie County, Fla., school superintendency earlier this year, but he did not make the short list when school officials there pared the list to five finalists in June.
The Bibb County school board bought out Dallemands 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.