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Among the highlights of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s state budget for fiscal year 2022, released Tuesday, is $29.5 billion allocated toward state aid for schools, which is $3 billion more than the prior … more
Changes in property tax rates for the five municipalities in the Rome school district would range from a 0.3% decrease in one municipality to increases between 1.5% and 4.4% in the other four, based … more
A proposed 1.9% increase in the local property tax levy is included in the initial proposal for the Rome school district’s 2021-22 budget, plus the proposal mentions no program reductions and calls … more
A Rome school district tenured social studies teacher has been given a letter of reprimand from the superintendent and a “last-chance” agreement, in relation to her comments to a student class … more
While they appreciate large amounts of new federal funding announced for schools, some local superintendents are wary the purse strings might be attached to state control over how much money they … more
Social distancing of at least three feet, use of clear barriers or face shields along with masks, and open windows when air temperatures are above 45 degrees are part of suggested strategies by … more
The two leaders of Rome Free Academy’s academic Top Ten for the Class of 2021 are keeping the honors in the family, while also keeping pace with their older sister’s achievement from two years … more
The LAN Mob game center, which featured pay-to-play video and computer gaming for four-and-a-half years and hosted some qualifiers for national tournaments, has permanently closed after shutting down … more
Getting a better understanding of the school district budgeting process and the many factors involved has been among the goals for the Board of Education’s two recent budget retreat workshop … more
The Rome school district’s annual election is expected to return to in-person voting while observing COVID-19 safety protocols, according to Director of Business and Finance David Dreidel, after … more
Rome students’ return to school buildings for the first time in two months after being remote due to COVID-19 has drawn good grades, based on district Superintendent Peter C. Blake’s report to … more
The need for more state funding to help sustain community schools programs was emphasized to legislators by representatives of the local Connected Community Schools (CCS) initiative, as part of … more
A letter from 50 parents and grandparents of Rome school district students has been sent to Superintendent Peter C. Blake, saying they were “shocked and dismayed” by his recent remarks that he … more
Financial aid totals for the Rome school district that are in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2021-22 state budget might be “good news,” says district Superintendent Peter C. Blake, but there are … more
Rome school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake says he believes the district’s next school year will again include a hybrid schedule combining in-person and remote instruction, due to continued … more
The graduation rate for Rome Free Academy’s Class of 2020 including summer graduates was 83%, up from 78% for the Class of 2019, among statewide results announced Thursday by the state Education … more
Due to continuing impacts from COVID-19 including many staff members quarantined due to illness or exposure, the Rome school district is extending its all-remote learning format for students until … more
Birnie Bus Service wants to drive forward in its approximately 70-year business relationship for the Rome school district’s main busing services once a current contract expires in June, but with an … more
The efforts of the Rome school district’s technology department, including for the transition to remote instructional formats amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are being praised by the district. The … more
One million pounds and 277 days later, the local Connected Community Schools (CCS) initiative continues to conduct regular free distributions of food to help meet families’ needs during the many … more
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