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Trio of new board members in Rome City School District to be seated

Posted 7/2/22

The Rome City School District board of education will hold its annual reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

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Trio of new board members in Rome City School District to be seated


The Rome City School District board of education will hold its annual reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

A Zoom meeting link will be available for viewing purposes only at:

The meeting will be the first for new board of education members: Jon Maggiolino, Kelly Carinci and Cassie Knutti, the three highest vote recipients in the district’s election in May. The three will join Karen Fontana, Joseph Mellace, John Nash, Danielle Lubecki, Anna Megerell, and Elena Reddick on the nine-member volunteer board. Lubecki, who had been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the board, was elected to fill the remainder of the term.

The three new members will replace outgoing board members Paul Hagerty, Tanya Davis and Lisa Herbowy on the board.

There are dozens of resolutions, many annual boilerplate resolutions required by district policy and/or state education law, including the naming of the board’s officers, including the election of a new president, vice president and clerk. A full listing of resolutions can be found on the meeting agenda at

There are a number of topics awaiting this year’s board of education — from potential redistricting to the executive of a major capital project that includes virtually all of the district’s buildings. The capital plan called for the construction of new athletic facilities at Rome Free Academy, including turf baseball and softball fields with seating and dugouts, as well as new vestibules with additional security measures at all of the district’s elementary schools.

A redistricting plan for the district’s elementary schools — Bellamy Elementary School, 7118 Brennon Ave.; Denti Elementary School, 1001 Ruby St.; Gansevoort Elementary School, 758 W. Liberty St.; John E. Joy Elementary School, 8194 Bielby Road; Ridge Mills Elementary School, 7841 Ridge Mills Road; Stokes Elementary School, 9095 Turin Road — is expected to receive additional discussion with the seating of the new board members.

At its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year last Thursday, board members took a moment to recognize Hagerty, who did not seek reelection after serving for seven terms and 21 years on the board.

“The real reason you’re doing this is to see some progress for the students,” said Hagerty to conclude his last meeting. “I think it’s happening in Rome – sometimes you wonder – but we are making progress.”

As part of the report of the clerk, Fontana moved a resolution “of Recognition and Appreciation” to those members of the Rome City School District faculty and staff who have or will retire prior to the beginning of school in the fall, including: Cynthia Arthur, Linda Baker, Laura Bloom, Patricia Brement, Brett Couchman, Linda Froio, Karen Gaesser, Sandra Gallagher, Angela Hawkins, Felicia House, William Houser, Courtney Huf, Philip Hughes, Josephine Inserra, Mary Kerin, Ellen Lerner, Peter Maitland, John Meeker Sr., Tina Meisenhelder, Sheila Pelton, Robert Pexton, Danielle Pugliano, Barbara Richards, Doreen Roberts, Marie Rossi, Cynthia Sirni, Tammie Smith, Zachary Snow, Andrew Thompson, Carol VanCourt, and Patricia Wheeler.

As the public portion of last week’s meeting was closing before the board headed off into a closed executive session to discuss a “grievance” against the district, Hagerty said he believed that there are “good times ahead” for the Rome City School District.

“I really appreciate that so many people along the way have helped me do my job,” said Hagerty. “I really have enjoyed it.”


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