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Former Bibb School Superintendent Dallemand Spent $26 Million Without Approval

Updated: 9 months ago.
Bibb school board members have all eyes on auditor Miller Edwards as he reports Thursday that financial policies and procedures were not followed during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. Interim Superintendent Steve Smith is on the left. (Photo: Beau Capbell for The Telegraph)

Former Bibb County School Superintendent Romain Dallemand repeatedly violated school board policy by ordering more than $26 million in technology equipment and services without required, prior approval from the board, according to a 2013 audit of the school system.

One of those purchases -- for nearly $3.8 million -- was for 15,000 virtual desktop devices. Now, more than a year after they were ordered, about 14,800 of the devices still sit unused in a Bibb County warehouse. The order was placed without competitive bids and without prior board approval, the audit said.

But that's just a sample of the scathing findings, which accountant Miller Edwards presented to board members during a Thursday committee meeting. In some cases, the system is now trying to cut its losses -- involving millions of dollars from sales tax proceeds -- by trying to resell both hardware and software that it can't or hasn't used.

Over the main months in question, Dallemand "authorized, directed and coerced staff to make transactions that were in violation" of board policies, said the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. The Telegraph obtained the audit through an Open Records Act request. The audit lists the cause of the violations as an "apparent reckless disregard by the former Superintendent for existing School District procurement policies established by the Board of Education."

After Edwards' presentation and board discussion, board members voted to look into options for investigating the violations and how they happened...

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