Rome BOE approves three positions


The Board of Education personally welcomed back a former Rome school district administrator to a new position Thursday night, and reviewed continued efforts to fill a separate position that was vacated as part of a reorganization.

Present at the board meeting was Jennifer DePerno, whom the board appointed as school district director of secondary programs at a salary of $108,000. A former Strough Middle School assistant principal, she most recently has been assistant principal at Oneida High School.

“Welcome back,” board member Tanya Davis told DePerno, who proceeded to the board’s meeting table and shook hands with members and school district officials following the approval vote.

Separately, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake told the board that an opening for an assistant director of supported learning position has been re-posted to seek further applicants. A decision on filling it may be made by March.

Blake said the position was vacated by Catherine Mucurio, whom the board appointed Thursday to a new title of assistant director of supported learning/principal in the early childhood program at a pro-rated salary of $97,500.

The board on Thursday also appointed Dana Benzo to a new title of director of elementary programs at a pro-rated salary of $117,000. She had been director of early childhood programs. Positions that have been replaced following recent departures include director of fine arts and engineering technology, and director of instruction.


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