Rome school district’s Seventh Ward poll location to change for third straight year

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The Rome school district’s Seventh Ward voting site for the annual May election is set to change for the third time in three years.

Plans for the Life Church at 1110 Black River Blvd. to be the location were reviewed last week by the Board of Education’s finance committee.

Its usage would be in place of the nearby Copper City Community Connection at 305 E. Locust St., formerly known as the Ava Dorfman Senior Center, which was the Seventh Ward voting location in 2018. Before that, the 2017 site was at the Rome Towers Apartments building at 1625 Black River Blvd.

The school district opted to again find another voting location for this year after learning that a payment would now be required for using the 305 E. Locust St. facility, the board committee was told by district Director of Business and Finance David Dreidel. He said “we looked at other” nearby sites that would be at no cost, adding “we contacted Life Church” and were able to set up its usage. Life Church is in the former state armory building.

Previously the district had to stop using the Rome Towers Apartments location after its owners had notified the district that they would not want it to be a site for future district election voting.

Board member Leigh Loughran asked about “continuity” in the district’s voting sites, and not wanting to “keep jumping around.” Dreidel said the district hopes to avoid that.

The school district includes 10 voting wards overall.

In another change for the upcoming 2019 election that the board had discussed in March, Strough Middle School at 801 Laurel St. will resume being the Fifth Ward voting site; nearby Denti Elementary School at 1001 Ruby St. had been used for the past two years while Strough’s building was closed for renovations.

This year’s election is May 21. Among items for school district voters to decide upon will be the district’s 2019-20 budget, and three available seats on the Board of Education.

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