RETIRING FROM BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS — Rome school district Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Paul Rabbia, shown here at one of several elementary school renovation projects during his time in the district, is retiring effective April 30 after nine years in the position. (Sentinel file photo by John Clifford)

School district buildings and grounds chief to retire

Published Feb 14, 2018 at 8:32am

Rome school district Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Paul Rabbia, who has headed that department for nine years, is retiring effective April 30.

Rabbia’s retirement plans were noted at the Board of Education’s personnel committee meeting on Thursday. He said Monday he may “do some consultant work” after departing from the district.

Rabbia, 62, who started with the Rome district in January 2009, said “I feel as though I’ve done what I set out to do” in the position.

Among activities, he has been involved in building-wide renovation projects that were approved by the board for five elementary school buildings along with Strough Middle School, plus he cited department improvements such as preventative maintenance programs and “restoring credibility and integrity to the department and its personnel.” Some previous department administrators had faced police charges involving use of school district funds to purchase equipment for personal use.

Rabbia, whose salary is about $90,000, has an individual employment agreement with the school district though June 30. If he waited until then to leave, he noted, a successor would be starting at a “pretty busy” time including finishing the overall school year plus the completion stages for renovation of Strough’s Laurel Street building. His April 30 departure will give the district “some time...to get a person in place,” he commented. He said some personal considerations also factored into the timing of his decision.

Rabbia has “done a good job” with the district, Board of Education Vice President Paul Hagerty said today. The district is reviewing the position to determine how it will proceed going forward, he added.

Rabbia thanked “the community and the Rome City School District, and all the past and current board members, for their support.”

Before coming to the district, Rabbia said, he was a construction manager for various capital projects in the private sector for about 25 years. He has worked in the field for more than 40 years overall.