Forms for Rome school board likely available later in month

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Petition forms for candidates to run for a seat on the Rome Board of Education in the May 18 annual election, typically available in early March, could be a bit later this month as the school district awaits a possible lowering in the number of petition signatures required.

The district anticipates making the nominating petition forms available in mid-to-late-March, Director of Business and Finance David Dreidel said Wednesday. He noted they are not available yet “as we are awaiting clarification on potential changes regarding required signatures.”

Dreidel mentioned possible state legislation which would lower the number of signatures that need to be collected, “considering the landscape” including the overall COVID-19 situation. Currently for small-city school districts like Rome, nominating petitions must be signed by at least 100 qualified voters. The district at this point is holding off on providing the nominating petition forms to see if “something comes to pass” for changing the signature requirements, Dreidel said.

Three board seats are up for election. They are currently held by board members Paul Fitzpatrick, Leigh Loughran and Jonathon Matwijec-Walda, whose three-year terms expire June 30.

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