MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Bibb County schools Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand paid his own way to Belgium--a trip that stirred controversy among parents and opponents of the "Macon Miracle."
The Center for Appreciative Inquiry, a Nevada-based organization, chose Bibb County schools to participate in the worldwide conference to explain how the superintendent organized an October 2011 summit at the Macon Centreplex to present his strategic plan, where 4,500 people were in attendance.
Dr. Dallemand is back from the trip, and Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Ron Collier confirmed that the superintendent paid for Belgium on his own dime.
"He had been advanced a per diem as well as the registration, and he returned the perdiem check, and he paid for his registration," Collier tells 41NBC.
Collier wouldn't say if the two district officials who accompanied dallemand to belgium paid for the trip out of the schools budget. The trip cost $3,000 per traveler.