by Frank Malloy and Katelyn Heck, 13WMAZ.com
- Macon native Steve Smith was offered the interim position April 29 but just accepted the contract Tuesday.
- Smith taught, coached and was the principal at Central High School, eventually becoming Lowndes Co. superintendent.
- He'll be paid $198,000 a year, the same as former superintendent Romain Dallemand.
Steve Smith accepted a contract Tuesday night to become the interim superintendent of the Bibb County School System.
Smith was offered the position on April 29 but it took several weeks for the contract details to get hammerd out.
Smith is a Macon native, who taught and coached at Central High School for seven years before taking over as principal for 11 more years. Before that, he spent five years teaching and coaching at First Presbyterian Day School.
He also spent time as School Superintendent in Pulaski and Lowndes counties.
Smith will take over for Susanne-Griffin Ziebart, who has served as acting superintendent since the board voted to buy Romain Dallemand out of his contract.
The district will pay him $198,000 as a base salary, plus health, life, and disability benefits. That's the same as in former superintendent Romain Dallemand's contract. Smith will also receive $800 a month for traveling within the district, as well as a cell phone and laptop.
His contract ends June 30, 2014, but should the school board decide to terminate that before the end of 2013, Smith will still receive his full salary and any benefits he's accrued.
Board president Wanda West says the search for the permanent superintendent has not started. The board entered into a contract with the Georgia School Board Association in March to help them find a new leader, but West says they have not made much progress since then.