MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - For more than two hours, the Bibb County Board of Education and the superintendent listened as residents spoke candidly about the Macon Miracle.
Supporters of the Macon Miracle say too many children fall through the cracks in Bibb County. They urged board members not to worry about the cost, but look at the mission first.
One supporter said, "Dr. Dallemand is attempting to make changes... if he wasn't he would be criticized."
Those in opposition said after evaluating more than 1000 pages of the superintendent's yearly spending they believe his out-of-town trips and expensive dinners aren't fiscally responsible. They also say they're still not getting any answers to their questions.
When asked about not addressing anyone in public, Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand says he's been answering questions online.
"Again, if you read our blog. If you read my email every Monday I meet with at least 16 people from the community every afternoon. I've been meeting with folks. You have a community with 150,000, 152,000, so I've been meeting with 16 individuals every Monday. I have been going to churches all over the community. I mean have been to community forums. So I have been," says Dr. Dallemand.
One community issue that was brought to light tonight was race. Parent Andy Wilson received a standing ovation for his open remarks on the subject.
"I'm going to speak plainly here because this is my home. The divide, the racial divide that this has become, I hate it," says Wilson.
The superintendent and the board say they'll continue to post responses on the board of education website. They still have not set a date for the vote.