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Collins to continue to lead Rome BOE

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Longtime Rome Board of Education member Faith Collins will continue to serve at least another year as chairwoman and newcomer Jill Fisher will be her vice chairwoman.

During Tuesday evening’s board meeting, which was the first for four new board members — Dr. Melissa Davis, Fisher, Alvin Jackson and John Uldrick — nominations for both posts were made.

Collins, who has served for 16 years and won re-election this fall, was unanimously voted in as chairwoman, a post she has previously held. She thanked her fellow board members for their support.

Fisher was nominated by fellow board member and incumbent Elaina Beeman, with Uldrick seconding the motion. However, Jackson nominated Uldrick for the post, with Fisher seconding his motion.

A 6-1 vote for Fisher, with Jackson recording the only “no” vote, put her into the vice chairwoman position. Jackson was the only board member who voted for Uldrick to fill the post.

“This is just an honor,” Fisher said. “This is just a very exciting time to be a part of the board.”

Prior to the meeting, Floyd County Superior Court Judge Jack Niedrach gave the oath of office for all seven board members during a ceremony in the boardroom, to kick off a new four-year term.

In other items, Cassie Parson, a literacy coordinator, and Stephanie Dean, a teacher at West Central Elementary, presented on what is being planned for Black History Month. The planned activities carry the theme of “Black Excellence,” and will culminate with a musical performance at the City Auditorium Feb. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m., Dean shared. There is no admission cost to attend.

The show, titled “Moguls, Movies & Music,” will also be featured twice at the Rome High auditorium on Feb. 21. These two shows are PBIS — Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports — rewards for students in seventh grade through 12th grade. Individual schools will be holding their own activities as well.

Dean said Black History Month is important to celebrate considering the demographics of the system, which has a majority of black students, about 35 percent overall.

Of the 6,392 students in the system, there are 2,229 black students, compared with 2,152 Hispanic students, 1,572 white students, 258 multiracial students, 173 Asian students and eight others.

Also, education local option sales tax collections were $2,229 over the expected $434,000 in November. Through November, the system has taken in $18,776,619, which is $319,381 less than what was expected by this point.