Clayton’s Edmond Heatley, Bibb’s Romain Dallemand, And Hart’s Jerry Bell Are Drawing More Focus From MACE. We’re Taking Nominations From Teachers About Other Superintendents! Alvin Willbanks of Gwinnett, Robert Avossa of Fulton, Cheryl Atkinson of DeKalb, Michael Hinojosa of Cobb, Mathews of Newton. You Know Them. You Name Them!

The eyes of MACE are upon you!

  There are several school systems in the state of Georgia which are in great need of relief from the lack of leadership – or, rather, the terrible functioning – from their superintendents.  The older that I get, I guess I just cease to be amazed at the rock bottom selection of superintendents by school boards…or from the scandalous search firms who proffer these characters to head up a school system which is charged to educate our young people and who are supposed to manage millions and millions of taxpayers’ monies.  Why don’t I offer up a few situations where the teachers (and taxpayers) are in great need for MACE and others to shine the light on the happenings of school systems?  Let’s start with Superintendent Edmond Heatley in Clayton County (the “hacienda” that takes care of his family but still lets the teachers suffer),  Romain Dallemand of Bibb County (where his so-called “Macon Miracle” is, in actuality, the “Macon Nightmare”), and Superintendent Jerry Bell of Hart County (where cronyism and nepotism appear to be firmly entrenched, though a forensic audit appears to still be waning).  Perhaps we will come up with a 25 Watch List and a more narrow the Focused Five where MACE will exercise the highest profile in the 2012-2013 school year.

Do you have any suggestions?  Drop us a note.  We will not take it lightly.  You have my word. – Dr. John Trotter.

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8 Responses to Clayton’s Edmond Heatley, Bibb’s Romain Dallemand, And Hart’s Jerry Bell Are Drawing More Focus From MACE. We’re Taking Nominations From Teachers About Other Superintendents! Alvin Willbanks of Gwinnett, Robert Avossa of Fulton, Cheryl Atkinson of DeKalb, Michael Hinojosa of Cobb, Mathews of Newton. You Know Them. You Name Them!

  1. craig spinks says:

    In an era when there are many more convicted males than there are men with conviction, I have to admire a man like JRAT.

  2. Chris says:

    Since many things in education are like a pendulum, why not go to electing superintendents?

    • thegeorgiacitizen says:

      Chris, I have always favored elected superintendents over appointed superintendents. Appointed ones are a disaster, insulated from the people from board members who have been co-opted. Let the people directly take out a superintendent via the ballot box if they are not satisfied with his or her job. I have worked under every conceivable set-up in Georgia…any combination of appointed school boards, elected school boards, appointed superintendents, and elected superintendents. (Yes, I actually worked for two appointed school boards.) The best combination: Elected school boards and elected superintendents. Right now, the search firms are just making money pimping these pitiful superintendents who in any other environment would never be considered a “leader.” They are simpletons.

  3. Concerned Educator says:

    The state’s educator ethics commission sent an April 17 letter to the head of the Bibb County school board, asking for board members to look into Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s travel spending. But board President Tommy Barnes would not confirm Monday that he received the letter. John Grant, the Professional Standards Commission’s chief investigator, said Monday the commission addressed the letter to the “chairperson of the Bibb County school board,” which details a complaint from three people against Dallemand.
    That letter, which was sent to the school system’s central offices, said the complainants accused Dallemand of breaching a standard based on his spending of public funds for travel, meals and expenses. According to a Telegraph report, Dallemand has taken at least 18 overnight trips since he was named superintendent in February 2011, including trips to Vancouver, Canada; Chicago, New Orleans and Tallahassee, Fla. Dallemand had already exceeded his $10,000 travel spending limit for the fiscal year by early February, according to The Telegraph’s report. Now that the complaint is in the board’s hands, it will make the decision about the next steps to be taken, Grant said.
    Last week, the PSC also decided to send a separate complaint about Dallemand — this one about his résumé — back to the school board. That complaint alleges that Dallemand incorrectly listed himself as a “mental health therapist” at a private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1994 to 1998. According to Florida regulations, only someone with a license — something Dallemand didn’t have — can list that as his job title.
    School board member Gary Bechtel said Thursday he was “very concerned” that board members weren’t aware of either complaint until local media reported them.

    http://www.macon.com/2012/06/18/2065626/barnes-wont-say-whether-he-received.html

    • thegeorgiacitizen says:

      Concerned Educator: This Romain Dallemand character seems like a real doozie! Wow! Keep pouring on the pressure! Of course, this forum is open for him and other administrators/superintendents to respond to what is written about them. By the way, is this the same Gary Bechtel who formerly did research for the state of Georgia in some capacity?

  4. Jack Bagley says:

    What about Meriwether County?

    • thegeorgiacitizen says:

      Jack: I am sure that a lot is going on down there in “the Kingdom.” Keep us informed so that we can let others know, OK?

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