Board approves naming of Tarkowski press box


At the regular meeting of the Rome City School District Board of Education on May 18, members unanimously approved officially naming the press box at RFA Stadium after Raymond Tarkowski, who has served the Rome City School District as the public address announcer for the Rome Free Academy football games since 1974.

The move was motivated by a petition submitted by the community to the Rome City School District and the Board of Education requesting the naming in Tarkowski’s honor.

The district and the school board underscored their agreement to note Tarkowski’s “significant dedication and contributions to the district and students of the Rome City School District.”

The press box was dedicated in Tarkowski’s honor and is now officially named “The Raymond Tarkowski Press Box.”

Accepting election results

In other Board business at the meeting convened less than 24 hours after results of the Board and Budget elections, the members voted unanimously to accept the election results naming Kelly Carninci, Cassie Knutti, Danielle Lubecki and Jon Maggiolino to fill the four expiring seats, and to accept the $130,285,026.00 proposed budget and the establishment of a $5,000,000 capital reserve fund.

Superintendent updates

In his update to the Board, Superintendent of Schools, Peter Blake, thanked Rome voters for turning out to support the budget and the capital reserve. He congratulated the RFA juniors for a prom that “went fantastic” and reminded that the RFA Senior Ball, scheduled to be held at Vernon Downs, is coming up.

As part of the district’s work with an expert consultant to rebrand the RCSD website and social media presence, a reputation survey is being conducted among students, staff and the community. He expects a “soft start” to the website to drop during Regents week, just before the school year concludes.

Blake also shared that, at the final two Board of Education meetings of the current school year – June 9 and June 26 – receptions will be hosted, where both meetings will be held at the RFA Library, rather than at the district offices. At the June 9 meeting, the first “Tenure Reception” since the tradition was interrupted by Covid will be held to celebrate with their friends and family teachers being tenured this year. Prior to the regular meeting on June 26, an inaugural reception to celebrate the districts retiring faculty and staff will also be hosted in the RFA Library. Both receptions will commence at 5:30 pm with the respective meetings being called to order at 6 pm

Blake also promoted the next Board Ad Hoc Committee Meeting on Redistricting, slated for May 26.  But Nash corrected him to say this was no longer likely.  Nothing further was discussed regarding an alternative date.


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