Bibb school board OKs Dallemand’s plan

The Bibb County school board made it official Thursday night, unanimously approving new Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s entry plan that’s designed to boost test scores and improve the school system.

Dallemand presented his 15-page plan to the board’s Instructional Services Committee last week. The plan is designed to be rolled out in stages from now until July 2012, and will address three core values: high student achievement, access and equity, and accountability.

Dallemand said previously that he wants the process to be as inclusive as possible, and he intends to seek input from board members, school administrators, faculty and staff, parents, students and community stakeholders. As Thursday’s meeting came to a close, school board President Tommy Barnes said he is planning to meet with Dallemand to set up a weekend retreat in the near future for board members to begin to receive training related to the improvement plan.

Full details of the plan are available at the district’s website,

Thursday’s meeting at Alexander II Magnet School was Dallemand’s first full board meeting as superintendent. Early in the meeting, Alexander II was presented a bronze award from the Governor’s Office for the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards. Dallemand said that is the kind of success he wants to encourage.

“I think it was a great meeting,” said Dallemand, who also noted the Bibb County spelling bee winners honored during the meeting. “It was very refreshing to have the students come forward and recognizing their accomplishments. ... That’s the reason why we are all here.”

In other business Thursday, board members approved the selection of MEJA Construction of Jackson for $7.3 million worth of renovations at Williams and Union elementary schools, and Parrish Construction Co. of Perry for $5.9 million in renovations at Brookdale and Carter elementary schools.

The board also approved SP Design Group of Macon for the architectural work to replace Heard Elementary School, a $10.8 million project.

The board also approved a $550,000 adjustment to the general fund balance for fiscal 2011.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.