Board revises policy on district’s name

Published Feb 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

While there were no references to such expressions as “what’s in a name?” and “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” the Board of Education is clarifying how the Rome school district is identified.

The board Thursday night approved the adoption of a revised policy on the school district’s name.

The policy previously had stated “the school district name shall be the City School District of Rome, New York.”

But district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said that while the name is filed with the state, “we don’t use it” commonly; a shorter name of “Rome City School District” is used instead.

The revision includes the word “official” in front of “school district name,” and a phrase has been added after “Rome, New York” that says “also commonly referred to as the Rome City School District.”

The clarification is aimed to help avoid any potential issues with the state.