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.
Macon is reeling from a devastating house fire that killed three small children over the weekend. The oldest of the siblings was only 10. A fourth child, the youngest, is listed in critical condition at a burn center in Augusta.
Bibb County school system officials said the cuts won't automatically mean the employees will be laid off. The jobs account for about $4.23 million in annual salary and benefit costs. They are funded with grant money that won't be available in the 2013-14 school year.