Rome, N.Y. - Senator Joe Griffo of Rome and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon of Marcy announced Monday that there will be a big meeting on Tuesday with a number of state officials regarding the condition of the roof at RFA in Rome.
Griffo and Buttenschon say representatives of the State Department of Education, State Comptroller's Office and State Attorney General's Office will also be in attendance with Rome City School District officials to discuss concerns with the roof, which the two legislators said in a Sunday press release was "at the point of failure".
Griffo and Buttenschon say they urged these state offices to examine this matter further this past spring.
Griffo says the school has made repairs and believes the roof is safe for kids to return to school but wants to find out why such a new costly roof went bad so quickly, "I believe they have been able to structurally undertake some measures that have made it safe obviously for what they need to do and they are undergoing a plan for repairs and a new roof, that's my understanding. So the Assemblywoman and I, when this was first brought to our attention, we're concerned because there were millions of taxpayer dollars spent to build this facility, this new school and a new roof only 20 years ago, so we just believe that there has to be some accountability. Where is the problem? Was it from an architectural standpoint, an engineering standpoint, workmanship and materials standpoint, school district decisions that were made since?
Following the meeting Tuesday, representatives are expected to then tour Staley Elementary School in Rome.
The Rome City School District announced at the end of August that Staley would be permanently closed after the building suffered significant damage from recent flooding and Griffo and Buttenschon say the district will be looking for state funding to help with that situation as well, so they want to be in on this effort early in the process.