‘Dialogue’ with super at Strough


Rome school district residents will have a chance to submit questions to district Superintendent Peter C. Blake and get responses, during a “Dialogue with the Superintendent” session on March 25.

The event, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Strough Middle School auditorium at 801 Laurel St., is a resumption of the community meetings that Blake began in the 2016-17 school year after becoming superintendent in July 2016.

“The event is intended to provide families an opportunity to ask questions through the submission of a question card and elicit an on-the-spot response,” Blake said in his blog on the school district website. “All questions are anonymous.”

Blake added the session “is open to all parents and community members in the district and is not specific to any one given building.” If people want more information about it or have questions, they are asked to contact the school district office whose phone is 315-338-6500.

The dialogue meetings initially featured 10 sessions in the 2016-17 year including one at each district school followed by two sessions in 2017-18 for addressing district-wide topics.

Blake had said during 2016-17 that he planned to annually hold about one overall session following the inaugural meetings at each school. Attendance at the two most recent sessions in 2017-18 included one parent at the first one and about 15 people at the second one. Topics included school security measures, elementary and and secondary school start times, busing arrangements and school-day lengths.

Meetings have been attended by community members along with school district staff.


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