Bibb County school officials have scrapped plans to start the year-round schooling for the 2014-15 year. School officials said Thursday that financial issues and the opposition of two-thirds of the staff made it too much of a challenge.
The newly-selected interim superintendent of Bibb County schools feels "a calling" to do the job. Former Central High School principal Steve Smith is coming out of retirement to temporarily fill the void left by polarizing superintendent Romain Dallemand, who stepped down in February. Smith has been living a quiet life in Valdosta since retiring as superintendent of Lowndes County schools in 2012.
GPB has obtained previously unseen footage of former Bibb County schools Superintendent Romain Dallemand discussing his sudden departure last month. Dallemand made international headlines by instituting universal Mandarin Chinese classes, but promptly disappeared from the public eye after negotiating a six figure contract buyout with the school board.