North Georgia Local Government

RUNDOWN: Rome City Schools BOE – May 2021

The Rome City Schools Board of Education met for the last time during the 2020-2021 school year to discuss plans for the system.

School administrators and Board members recognized student achievement. Those recognized were RHS SkillsUSA students competing in the state and national competitions, Rome Middle students who participated in the 2021 Stock Market Competition and the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition’s state-level winner, Gabrielle Myers.

Also recognized during the meeting were all retiring personnel in the RCS system.

RCS Board members also heard the 2021 Graduation plans for Rome High School and reviewed the recent 381.61 Cognia review score given to the Rome City Schools system. This review was part of the school’s accreditation process administrators and educators underwent this past winter. Superintendent Byars also announced dates at each school where the public will be able to give their thoughts about plans for the new Rome Middle School building and the proposed sixth grade academy.

New business included a first reading of the proposed FY 2022 budget. Items discussed were a contract extension for U Public Relations, a local firm that works alongside the system’s communications department. Courtney Crumley, the system’s Program Coordinator also presented a proposal for Apptegy, a digital asset development company that has asked to aid the system in a website refresh and organization of system assets. The RCS Board unanimously approved the contract for both contracts.

The RCS Board also unanimously approved the hiring of several new positions to fill vacancies in Rome City Schools. Details of those new hires will be released later this week.

Tim Williams, RCS Director of Maintenance and Transportation, presented the Board with a proposal for the purchase of a maintenance vehicle and two new activity buses. These buses will be used to transport students who are in work-study programs to organizations and businesses who have agreed to a work-study program with Rome City Schools. Purchase of new vehicles was unanimously approved.

Dr. Dawn Williams also presented proposed policy revisions to address public participation in RCS Board meetings, staff conflict of interest, and teacher evaluation appeals. All policy revisions were approved by the Board.

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