Former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand will not lead the school system in Shreveport, La.
The Caddo Parish school board eliminated Dallemand as a finalist Tuesday afternoon.
Dallemand was initially one of seven semifinalists. The consulting firm removed its recommendation of one of those semifinalists early into Tuesdays school board meeting, leaving Dallemand as the first of six candidates to be discussed.
During an effort to pick three finalists, none of the school board members named Dallemand.
Thomas Jacobson, the CEO of Omaha, Neb.-based consulting firm McPherson & Jacobson LLC, described Dallemand as the most controversial candidate proposed, whod had people in Macon campaigning against him. Jacobson said Dallemand was a change agent whod consistently raised student achievement wherever hed worked, according to a recording of the meeting that The Telegraph viewed.
He represents the school district very well in the public, Jacobson said. Hes very professional and articulate. Student-centered. The decisions he makes are for the good of the students. Also has the ability to surround himself with good leaders and has excellent team-building skills.
The Caddo Parish school system is roughly two-thirds larger than Bibb Countys.
The Bibb County school board voted to buy out Dallemands contract in February, a few months after it extended a new contract to him. Dallemand received $350,000 in severance pay.
Susanne Griffin-Ziebart led the school system as acting superintendent for several months, helping the system close an $18.7 million budget hole partially through class size increases.
Steve Smith, a former Central High School principal whod served as superintendent elsewhere in Georgia, started as interim superintendent in late May.
During a recent review, school accreditors generally praised Dallemands Macon Miracle strategic plan. The school system still faces two lawsuits involving Dallemands conduct -- one that Dallemand illegally released confidential information about school board member Gary Bechtels child, and another claim that Dallemand wrongfully demoted Ron Collier from the position of chief financial officer.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.