A review of the Bibb County school board’s contract with new Superintendent Romain Dallemand shows that he’ll receive a slightly higher base salary than former Superintendent Sharon Patterson, but the overall value of the contract will be a little less.
The board approved the terms of the contract in a 6-2 vote Friday night. The contract was then forwarded to Dallemand for his signature.
Dallemand is scheduled to start work Feb. 1.
Dallemand will earn $198,000 in base pay, a tad higher than Patterson’s base pay of $195,000. Dallemand’s overall package is potentially worth $226,107, school board President Gary Bechtel said. Patterson’s was worth about $250,000.
Bechtel said some of the reasons for the differences included Patterson’s age and experience level.
“At her age, there were different calculations,” he said. “Because of her age and experience, it cascades into larger numbers.”
Dallemand is 42, and Patterson is in her mid-60s.
Other portions of Dallemand’s contract are different than Patterson’s.
“We were paying (Patterson’s) Social Security taxes,” Bechtel said. “That’s not a part of (Dallemand’s) package.”
Dallemand, the superintendent for the Rochester, Minn., school system, will receive a one-time reimbursement for moving expenses, and up to $1,200 per month for up to six months in temporary living expenses.
“Those are one-time deals,” Bechtel said. “We knew doing a national search (for a new superintendent) that it would be part of the expenses.”
The board also is paying a disability insurance policy for Dallemand that costs $1,100 a year.
Dallemand earns $171,600 in base pay in Rochester. Attempts to reach him by phone Monday weren’t successful.
Bechtel said once Dallemand creates a strategic plan for the school system, the board will put incentives into the contract that will be used to evaluate his performance.
“None of us are happy with the current evaluation tool,” Bechtel said. “I hope that by using the performance incentives, we’ll get a more useful evaluation tool that goes along with his performance goals. We’ll know whether he reached them or not.”
Graduation rates, student achievement, Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores and Advanced Placement participation and scores are some of the areas Bechtel expects to be the target areas in the plan.
“We’ve got some schools which are under-performing,” he said.
“We’ve got to get them to a certain level and keep them there. One-time spikes don’t mean that much to me.”
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.