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Rome school board closes personnel gaps, fills 27 positions during the BOE’s final regular meeting of the summer

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Rome City Schools

The Rome Board of Education on Tuesday gave its approval on the filling of nine certified positions and 18 classified positions to close some gaps before the school year starts July 28.

Tuesday night marked the final regular board meeting of the summer.

Holly Amerman, the coordinator of gifted and STEM education for Rome City Schools, gave board members an overview of the annual Young Scholars program, which completed its 13th year this summer. Participation in the program is free, Amerman told the board, giving 350 students the opportunities to delve into STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — activities over the four-day camps for fifth-graders to eighth-graders.

Before showing the board a slideshow of pictures from this summer’s camps, Amerman said the program is a great opportunity to get kids together and expand their creativity and ability to think outside the box.

The board also approved the student accident insurance policy with Gene Weber Agency — this optional coverage deals with what’s not covered under regular health insurance, said Tim Williams, RCS chief operations officer.

The board also approved on second reading revisions to the Student Code of Conduct that has been updated to match state law.

Williams also led the board through the current education local option sales tax collections. For May, the system brought in $455,547, which is $21,547 more than the anticipated monthly average of $434,000. The system has collected $16,164,599 since ELOST 4 started, but that figure leaves collections $327,401 less than the expected $16,492,000.

During caucus, Superintendent Lou Byars also updated the board on plans for the so-called Greater Rome College and Career Academy at Rome High that would be available to serve all students in the area. The system now aims to build an $18 million multi-purpose facility, which would include a CCA and a field house. Construction of the building would be funded, for the most part, through an extension of the 1-cent ELOST that will go before voters in November.

The system originally planned to use the facility as its own CCA. Officials from both Rome and Floyd County school systems will meet Thursday to discuss plans for a joint CCA.