Educating the children of Bibb County must be a priority for the entire community, that message came from Superintendent of Bibb County Schools, Dr. Romain Dallemand, as he met with city council members at City Hall Tuesday afternoon.
The meeting with council was especially fitting in light of the youth violence plan that continues to develop. Dr. Dallemand informed the group of his goals to collaborate with city leaders to turn the school district around.
Dallemand said last year more than 700 students dropped out of Bibb County Schools. And school officials collected data from the 9th grade class of 2007-2008 and found that only 44% graduated. Dallemand says it will take total transformation of the district to achieve better results.
"We need to focus on prevention. What is the root cause? What is it that is causing our students to be truant? So we need to look for the root cause and I believe we need to have better schools. We need to have schools that our students cannot wait to come to us in the morning. I believe that's what's going to solve the truancy problem," said Dallemand.
Council members voiced their support for Dr. Dallemand's efforts and many members said they hope form a great partnership in moving the school district forward.