City school board extends superintendent contract, elects officers

The Rome City Schools board met on Tuesday to elect officers and honor teachers and support staff.

The Rome city school board extended Superintendent Lou Byars’ contract Tuesday until 2024, with a pay raise, after a closed door performance review.

The Rome News-Tribune has submitted an Open Records Act request to the school system’s attorneys for the details of that review and pay raise.

Prior to that discussion, the board elected new officers: Faith Collins returned as the board chair and Jill Fisher was re-elected as vice chair in a 5-2 vote. Board member Elaina Beeman had nominated herself for the position, a move seconded by fellow board member Alvin Jackson.

The board approved the removal of the last of three scheduled furlough days built into the calendar when officials were concerned about the effect the pandemic would have on the budget.

The board also voted to extend a paid 10-day coronavirus sick leave measure for teachers and staff, which had expired at the end of the year, and to pay for any administration fees when the COVID-19 vaccine is available for teachers.

“We don’t want any employee to not get the vaccine because there’s a cost,” Byars said.

During the meeting the board recognized several West End Elementary students whose films were awarded by the Rome International Film Festival.

The board recognized the work of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Douglas, a sixth-grade student, for her film “Expectations vs Reality 2020” as well as fifth-graders Alexander Bailey and Iris McHaggee and third-grader Griffin Bailey for their work on the films “Dragon Hunt” and “The Elusive Housecat.”

The board also honored the teachers and staff people of the year from each school. Those honored were:

Anna K. Davie Elementary – Carla Freeman

East Central Elementary – Kelly Dae

Elm Street Elementary – Jessica Presley

Main Elementary – Josephine West

West Central Elementary – Kristin Myers

West End Elementary – Nicole Huckaby

Rome Middle School – Stephanie Carles

Rome High School -Sarah Brown

Support Person Representatives:

Anna K. Davie Elementary – Curlene Robinson

East Central Elementary – Autumn Barnes

Elm Street Elementary – Robbie Fuller

Main Elementary – Sharon Hudson

West Central Elementary – Sarah-Ann Self

West End Elementary – Shannon Packard

Rome Middle School – Kenneth Brown

Rome High School – LaQuata Bowers-Jones

Central Office – Donna Still

Maintenance – Dennis Dillard

Transportation – Johnny Carver

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