30 teacher layoffs before school board


Approving the layoffs of 30 Rome school district teachers is on the Board of Education’s agenda for its meeting tonight.

The layoffs, all effective June 30 at the end of the current 2018-19 school year, are in conjunction with the district’s 2019-20 budget that required some spending cuts in order to balance it.

Among other items on the agenda are some staff resignations in various categories including district Treasurer Nicholas Panuccio Jr., and the appointment of Mark Luczak as district maintenance supervisor.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. today at the district office, 409 Bell Road. Among the topics:

• A resolution to approve layoffs lists these teachers, by assignment area and school building:

Elementary — Amanda Carey-Thompson, Bellamy; Teresa Lynch, Staley; Briana Linder, Staley; Alyssa Tagliaferri, Staley; Sara Robbins, Joy; Mia Pasqualetti, Denti; Amanda Sullivan, Clough; Katelynne Crawford, Clough; Nicole Becker, Stokes; Kristen Zlatniski, Denti; Heidi Piersall, Staley; Carmella Boyer, Staley; Amberlynn Ellinger, Bellamy.

English — Susan Mills, Rome Free Academy; Jenna Lambe, Strough Middle School; Erin Corleto, RFA.

Elementary-Instructional coach — Jennifer Hummel, district-wide.

Interpreter — Amber Renzi, Clough.

Reading — Katie Bliss, RFA; Carla Banks, Bellamy; Kelly Reese, Denti; Brittany Hays, Bellamy; Tara Pomento, Gansevoort; Lauren Vollmer, Denti; Meghan Roback, Staley; Melinda Boufford, Strough.

Special education — Jennifer Kunze, Strough; Marriah Gough, Joy; Tammy Newman, Early Childhood Program.

Speech – Kathryn Cole, Bellamy.

The school district in April had sent notices of potential layoffs for 2019-20 to about 90 teachers. But district Superintendent Peter C. Blake has said the actual layoffs would be lower based on adjustments for retirements or departures from the district.

• Panuccio, who is resigning effective July 5 and has been with the Rome district since April 2017, said he has accepted a position as School District Business Leader in the Canastota district. He said he is going to miss working for the Rome district, adding “I have created many great relationships within the district and the community.”

The treasurer position reports directly to the Board of Education, and works closely with the district director of business and finance.

• Luczak is to be appointed district maintenance supervisor effective June 14 at a pro-rated salary of $72,000. He previously has been a district-wide custodian.

As maintenance supervisor, Luczak succeeds Marc Elefante, who resigned effective April 7.


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