Rome City Schools hold last meeting before Capital Project Vote

A Capital Project to fix issues in Rome Free Academy and at RFA Stadium will be up for vote this Wednesday June 18th

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 10:32 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2019 1:47 PM

ROME N.Y. - The Rome City School District held a meeting Monday night to update voters in the community about the proposed capital project.

Monday’s meeting was the second and final meeting before the vote. The project would fund maintenance at Rome Free Academy, including the roof, which covers portions of the pool and gymnasiums.

The project would also cover a new artificial turf and replace the track at the RFA stadium on Turin Street.

Rome City School District Superintendent Peter Blake says the project will not cost taxpayers any money, as the funding will come from the district’s budget.

“It's already budgeted for the difference being it doesn't increase the budget because, there's a savings of money through energy performance. So new lighting fixtures, new windows, insulation, improvements to the HVAC systems, all reduce that savings (and it) all reduces the cost the district has to pay. It offsets the money we're paying out in the budget," Blake said.

The total project is estimated to cost $14,231,055 and will be up for vote this Wednesday Jan. 18. If the project passes, plans would be submitted to the state education department in early 2020 and bidding would be in the spring. The goal would be to have RFA’s graduation at RFA Stadium in June 2020, so construction would begin in the summer of 2020.

The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, at the following locations:

• 1st and 2nd Ward: Staley Elementary School, 620 E. Bloomfield St.

• 3rd Ward: Lobby at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

• 4th Ward: Gansevoort School, 758 W. Liberty St.

• 5th Ward: Strough Middle School, 801 Laurel Street

• 6th Ward: St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1807 Bedford St.

• 7th Ward: Copper City Community Connection, 305 E. Locust St.

• 8th and 9th Ward: Stokes School, 9095 Turin Rd.

• 10th Ward: Westernville Library, 9172 Main St, Westernville.

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