Public hearing Thursday on proposed $116M school district budget


A public hearing on the Rome school district’s proposed 2019-20 budget will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Rome Free Academy small auditorium, 95 Dart Circle.

The proposed $116.69 million budget for 2019-20, adopted by the board on April 23, calls for a 4.06 percent increase in the local property tax levy. It also proposes eliminating about 75 positions through attrition and layoffs, along with cutting programs including pre-K special education, a Hillside Work-Scholarship program contract involving RFA students, all field trips, plus some other categories.

The 6:30 p.m. budget hearing will include a presentation by school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake on the proposed spending plan, which is subject to final approval by school district voters in a May 21 election. It would take effect July 1.

The hearing is “an opportunity for the community to hear details about the 2019-20 proposed budget, along with a question-and-answer session following the presentation,” Blake said in his online blog.


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