A new era is officially beginning for the Bibb County School System.
Dr. Romain Dallemand was sworn into office in front of a crowd of close to 400 cheering community members.
Dallemand was chosen as Bibb County's Superintendent in November and starts his new role February 1st. MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union sponsored Monday's event at Central High School.
The crowd was filled with local leaders, teachers, students, and parents, who were treated to performances by the Bibb County Honor Choir. Notable speakers at the event included, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Commissioner Bert Bivins III, Jadun McCarthy, Teacher of the Year, and Juwan A. Jackson, Senior Class President of Westside High School.
Dallemand's message was clear. He says he wants educators to hold themselves responsible for closing the achievement gap. He says it's time to raise test scores. He also called for action to get students better prepared for today's world.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert says Dallemand's message was right on point, "The knowledge age is a completely different education that our young people need now...so Dr. Dallemand spoke of transferring the education system to prepare students for the 21st Century."
Fifth grader, Abigail Smith, says she was inspired hearing Dallemand speak. "I think the message was very clear...that he's trying to improve the public school system and I have a feeling that it's going to improve with Dr. Dallemand."
The Bibb County School System had been without a Superintendent for 11 months after Sharon Patterson stepped down after allegations from two school board members and an investigation by the State's Professional Standards Commission.
Dallemand says he will evaluate the schools and put an entry plan together as soon as possible to position the district and students for success.