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School board approves assistant principal, grounds maintenance positions

Dave Gymburch
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Posted 8/4/19

Appointment of a Rome Free Academy assistant principal to fill a vacancy, and a 5-2 vote to appoint a former Board of Education member to a grounds maintenance position, were among approvals by the …

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School board approves assistant principal, grounds maintenance positions

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Appointment of a Rome Free Academy assistant principal to fill a vacancy, and a 5-2 vote to appoint a former Board of Education member to a grounds maintenance position, were among approvals by the board.

The board on Thursday night also approved removing teacher Sara Robbins' name from a staff list that was subject to layoffs, based on a review of seniority.

In the actions:

• Danielle Hess was appointed as assistant principal at a pro-rated salary of $76,000.

School district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said she will be at RFA and will replace Sean Carone, who voluntarily transferred to an assistant principal position at Staley Elementary School following the resignation of an assistant principal there.

Hess previously has been with the Dolgeville school district, including an administrative internship position as an assistant principal, said Rome school board President Stephen P. Hampe. She also has been a teacher in the Dolgeville district.

• The board voted 5-2 to approve appointing former member Timothy Safin as a grounds maintenance worker, effective Aug. 2 this year through Feb. 2, 2020, at a prorated/shift differential salary of $45,121.

Voting in opposition were board members Tanya Davis and Lisa Herbowy, whom Hampe said had questions about the appointment. Absent were board members Jonathon Matwijec-Walda and Joseph Mellace.

Safin had resigned from the school board in spring 2018 after pleading guilty to falsifying business records relating to his former position with the state Gaming Commission. He was endorsed for the grounds maintenance worker position by a school district hiring committee that said he was the most qualified candidate for the job, said Hampe. Safin has been a substitute groundskeeper for the school district for about a year, Hampe added.

• The board approved amending a June 13 resolution regarding instructional staff layoffs so that Robbins' name was removed from the list of staff subject to layoff in the elementary school tenure area.

The school district had determined that upon further review, the list needed to be amended as "based upon the relative seniority of teachers in the 'Elementary' tenure area," according to the resolution.

The board at its June 13 meeting had approved the layoffs of 31 school district teachers in relation to spending cuts needed to help balance the district’s 2019-20 budget.

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