Rome Board of Ed. taps newcomer to fill vacant seat

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President of the Rome Board of Education John Nash, has confirmed the board will appoint Danielle Lubecki to an interim term — to begin upon her swearing in at the next regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 28, and to expire on May 18 or at which time the results of the district election to fill that seat are certified.

The board seat became open following the resignation of former board member Craig Ferretti.

The board considered options including leaving the seat vacant until the district elections in May or conducting a special election to fill it, which would see the prevailing candidate seated immediately and serve through June 2025. But the decision was made to appoint an interim candidate, who has the option, but is not obligated, to run to win the seat in May and continue to serve a full three year term, should that interim member win the seat at that time.

The board announced that it sought letters of intent, together with resumes, from any member of the community who wished to be considered to be appointed to the seat. It received six such letters of intent; three from former Board members, the two most recent presidents prior to Nash – Dr. Stephen Hampe and Paul Fitzpatrick – and former member, Jennifer Geiger. The three candidates who had not previously served on the Rome school board included Kelly Carinci, Bill Tagliaferri and Lubecki.

Members conducted interviews with all six candidates this past week and convened an executive session of the Board on Thursday, February 17, to discuss them in the context of filling the seat. Nash confirms that a consensus was reached among the members that Lubecki would fill the vacant seat for the interim term.

“The board interviewed six extremely qualified candidates on Thursday night. We were impressed by every candidate, making the ultimate selection very difficult, as each would have brought invaluable perspective and very hard work to the Board,” said Nash. “We are excited by our selection of Danielle Lubecki and we look forward to working closely with her over the next few months as we deal with the many challenges currently facing the district.”

Lubecki holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Utica College and a masters of education degree in secondary education and teaching from Grand Canyon University. She currently works as a special education teacher at Madison-Oneida BOCES.

The board intends to swear Lubecki in to the seat at its regular meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.

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