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Dallemand finalist for superintendent position in Georgia

Dr. Dallemand talking with Tom Overlie and Rachel Wick on the NewsCenter at 10 p.m. Dr. Dallemand talking with Tom Overlie and Rachel Wick on the NewsCenter at 10 p.m.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand has been named one of two finalists for the Superintendent of Schools position in Macon, GA.

According to a spokesperson for the Rochester School District, Dallemand will be in Georgia on Saturday for a final round interview.

"Personally, I'm surprised it took this long (to find out)," said school board member Mechelle Severson who learned that Dallemand was in line for the Macon job through an email the superintendent sent out late Thursday night.

Dallemand became Superintendent of the Rochester Public School District on July 2, 2007, his tenure has included the implementation of the district's "5 year plan," but many teachers, parents and students have expressed their discontent with the direction they claim Dallemand has taken the district. 

"There is a bit of relief, because many in the community have verbalized their dislike with him," Severson added.

Dallemand was announced a finalist at the Macon, Georgia school board meeting Thursday night. The other candidate, James Benefield, is Superintendent of the Yadkin County Schools in North Carolina.

"He certainly wasn't welcomed here with open arms and part of me is sad to see a quality individual we deserve to have here in this district, (possibly) leave us," said Severson.

The Macon School District won't announce whether or not they've chosen Dallemand until November 4, district officials are unsure if Dallemand would serve out the rest of the school year in Rochester if he is chosen for the Macon position.

Click here to read biographies and resumes for both Romain Dallemand and James Benefield.

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