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Rome BOE to fill positions before start of school year

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Rome City Schools

The Rome Board of Education will meet today for its final regular board meeting before school starts July 28.

The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the central office, 508 E. Second St., at 5:45 p.m. The board will caucus at 5 p.m. in Superintendent Lou Byars’ office. Byars said the board will look to approve personnel changes to fill some remaining openings before school picks back up.

The board will also hear from Holly Amerman, the school system’s coordinator of gifted and STEM education, as she talks about the Young Scholars program that ended June 15. The annual four-day camps for rising fifth-graders to eighth-graders focuses on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — principles and gives kids hands-on experience in exploring those fields of study. Students who participate in the free program are selected based on their good behavior and grades during the school year, as well as their interest in the sciences.

Tim Williams, RCS chief operations officer, will present the numbers for collections of the current education local option sales tax and the board will have its second reading of the revised Student Code of Conduct.

As of Monday evening, Byars said there was no planned discussion by board members on the possibility of a joint college and career academy between Rome City Schools and Floyd County Schools. However, he said other items could be added to the agenda before the start of today’s meeting.

The Floyd County Board of Education will put together a framework of what would be needed for a potential combined CCA that would be housed in a new multi-purpose facility at Rome High School during its meeting this morning. The new facility is included on Rome City’s project list for funding under a proposed extension of the 1-cent ELOST that will be decided on by voters in November.

Officials from both school districts are aiming to meet in the coming weeks to work out the logistics of possibly consolidating the Floyd County CCA with Rome City, Byars said. He said the discussion is still in an early stage, but officials from both systems are working under the time constraint of figuring something out as November approaches and officials look to share how taxpayers’ money will be used if the ELOST extension passes.