Bibb County Breach of Contract Dispute Headed for Arbitration
Friday, February, 27, 2015
Former Bibb County School Superintendent Romain Dallemand has filed a claim with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) over an alleged breach of contract. He is seeking an award of $10 million from the Bibb County school district over violations of his severance agreement which paid him $350,000. The agreement stipulated that the school district released Dallemand from all claims, and that it would refrain from making disparaging public comments about his work or his reputation.
The allegations stem from an audit conducted by Bibb County last year after Dallemand had been removed from office. The public findings of the audit included allegations that Dallemand had ordered more than $26 million in equipment without gaining prior approval from the school board and without seeking competitive bids. Most of the purchased equipment sits unused in a warehouse.
Dallemand stated that the tone and wording of the audit implies that he engaged in improper and illegal practices while acting as Superintendent, and that these statements violate the severance agreement by impugning his performance.
The audit goes on to accuse Dallemand of a laundry list of violations that have cost the school district large amounts of money. It is unclear whether any sort of legal charges will be brought against the former Superintendent over the lack of board approval, although illegal activity may be difficult to prove, especially as he was let go from the position. However, the outcome of the arbitration will have no impact on any sort of criminal charges.