Rome City Schools administrators, board members and faculty gathered at the Rome City Schools College and Career Academy to welcome some familiar faces and some brand new for the RCS New Employee Orientation on Monday, July 26.
An impressive total of 144 people attended the training.
“We added 50 positions,” RCS Director of Human Resources, Angela Newby, explained, “so we added just a few in excess of 30 paraprofessionals with CARES money the system received. Also, we added teachers for our Virtual Learning Academy that we’re opening over at the Rome Transitional Academy.”
Newby said that there were more than 10 RCS par pros who decided to move into the teaching field.
“This is the first year we have hosted a new employee orientation,” Newby said. “We feel that every employee needs to go through an orientation process to learn the RCS way.”
The training included an HR overview, a payroll and benefits presentation, and a motivational speaker who offered employees a presentation on classroom management.
A tour of Rome was even included, for those teachers who are new to Rome or will be commuting to work with RCS.
“We have been inundated with questions, which is amazing,” Newby expressed. “As a human resources department, that’s what you want; you want people to reach out to you so that you can better serve them.”
Newby said that it was beneficial to have RCS board members and administrators attend the training; it was an opportunity for new employees to get a sense of who RCS is. Even Mayor Craig McDaniel was present to welcome everyone to the system and to the City of Rome.
“It’s been wonderful. We now know what our maximum capacity is over at the CCA meeting room,” she laughed. “We’re excited about all of these people coming to be a part of our system. We feel like we’ve picked the best people, and they’ve picked the best system to join.”
The RCS team is still looking for paraprofessionals, as well as bus drivers to join the Pack!