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Different school issues bring voters to the polls in Rome

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The stakes are high for schools in the City of Rome, where layoffs and program cuts loom with passage of the school budget proposal.

Polls in Rome opened early - at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, and by 10:15 a.m., 86 people had voted at Rome Towers apartment complex.

A myriad of issues were out on the table, and depending on which voter you talk to, each had a different reason for coming to the polls.

"I think it's important because I'd like to see the schools prosper and I would like to see the teachers remain," said Irene Swift, a voter in Rome.

"There's a candidate for the board right now that I thought would be good," said voter Jean Catanzaro.

Twelve teacher positions, 25 teacher assistant jobs, three security jobs, as well as elective courses are all on the line in Rome.

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