City schools teachers given reimbursement checks before break

Rome City Schools Superintendent Lou Byars delivers a $500 check to Christy Epps, assistant principal of Rome Middle School, and expresses his gratitude for her work during the pandemic.

Rome City Schools teachers were reimbursed $500 by the school system for COVID-19 related expenses before going on Spring Break this week.

Superintendent Lou Byars hand delivered the checks — funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — to administrators and educators.

“This is just a way we can say thank you for the work you have done and to help you with expenses you have incurred during this last year,” Byars said in an address to the teachers. “We wanted to reimburse you for some of those expenses. We are getting close to the end of this year and I want to again say thank you for all you have done to make this year as normal as possible for our students.”

This teacher reimbursement program was approved during the March school board meeting.

Byars said that offering the $500 checks to faculty members was necessary because of the unforeseen costs associated with opening schools last fall.

Many teachers and administrators in the system purchased cleaning supplies used in their classrooms at their own expense.

“We received funds from CARES one and two, and we have three coming in, but I asked our school board if we could use some of the money in this way. They agreed,” he said. “We know our staff and faculty have had to put resources from their own pockets. So, we are happy to give each staff and faculty member $500 before spring break.”

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