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School district outlines ‘snow day’ policy, procedures

Education While the season’s first significant snowfall Sunday night did not prompt a “Snow Day” closing on Monday for Rome school district facilities, the district has posted reminders about its emergency closure procedures. Among details outlined at romecsd.org online: • For emergency closings, parent/guardians and students are notified through announcements on local radio and... 4:00pm 11/21/17

BOE approves overseas trip; mulls association expense

Education A student travel club’s trip to Europe was approved with one opposing vote, while an approximately $11,000 membership in a statewide association was debated, in a resumption of prior Board of Education topics. The items were addressed Wednesday night by the board. • The board voted 6-1 to approve a Rome Free Academy Travel Club field trip to Italy and Greece from April 20-30... 4:00pm 11/18/17

School board ad-hoc committee calls for changes for district

Education The Rome school district should change its longtime practice of simply continuing contracts with current providers of legal and architectural services, according to a Board of Education ad-hoc committee’s recommendations. The district should consider establishing an in-house legal counsel position that could also handle labor-related items such as contract talks, or seek a... 4:00pm 11/17/17

Ridge Mills parent concerned over class sizes

Education Concerns about imbalances in elementary school class sizes despite a recent redistricting of students were raised by a parent addressing the Board of Education. Instances in which some classes have “under 15” students while others are in the “high 20s” were cited by Justin Marriott of East Sycamore Street at the board’s meeting Wednesday night. He is a parent of two students... 4:00pm 11/16/17