Romain Dallemand and James Benfield
Gary Bechtel, Bibb County Board of Education
The Bibb County Board of Education says educators from North Carolina and Minnesota are the two finalists to be their next superintendent.
The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve James Benfield, who's been a superintendent in four districts and currently is the head of Yadkin County schools in North Carolina; and Romain Dallemand, who's the superintendent in Rochester, Minnesota, as finalists for the job.
Board of Education President Gary Bechtel oversaw the vote at the board's monthly meeting.
"They're both very personable, good communicators and it's going to be a very difficult choice for the board to make because they are both very qualified," Bechtel said.
"There's not a whole lot that separates the two at this point," he said.
According to his resume, James Benfield lists increasing the number of Yadkin schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress and raising test scores among his accomplishments.
Romain Dallemand wrote in a biography that he gave the board that he was raised by a single parent in poverty and grew up facing the same challenges as some students today. His resume states he closed an achievement gap among students by 15 percent and improved math and reading proficiency.
Bechtel says the board plans to re-interview both candidates Saturday, when they visit Macon to tour the district. Bechtel says both candidates are scheduled to arrive in the city Friday night.
"We'll have some more discussion and hopefully narrow it down to one sometime in early November."
The board is required to wait at least 14 days, until November 4, before voting on who they want to lead the district as the next superintendent.
Bechtel says the board could decide to visit each candidate in their current district, but says they haven't made plans to do that yet.
The board could not provide a picture of Benfield Thursday night.