Audit: Former RPS Superintendent Dallemand Spent Unauthorized $26M

Updated: 03/03/2014 4:03 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 11:50 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS/WGXA) -- The annual audit of the Bibb County School District uncovers some disturbing figures. Auditors determined that over the last six months of 2012, school administrators spent more than $26 million without board approval.

The expenditures came during the final months of the reign of Superintendent Romaine Dallemand.

Of the millions of dollars spent, a large portion went to buying thousands of virtual learning devices, which have now sat in a warehouse for more than a year.

Dr. Dallemand was superintendent of Rochester Public schools from 2007 to 2011, and left his tenure with some controversy over spending.

In response to the findings, the School Board said it has lowered the Superintendent's spending authority from $500,000 to $100,000, hired a purchasing director, and trained school board members. 

After granting Dallemand an enhanced contract at the end of 2012, school board members agreed to buy out his contract a short time later for $350,000 plus benefits.

The Bibb County District Attorney has been made aware of the unauthorized spending, but at this time isn't sure if there was anything illegal that happened, or if it was a breach in policy.

Dr. Romaine Dallemand