By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
After spending the better part of two decades on the Rome City School Board, longtime member Will Wood will be stepping down at the end of his current term, choosing not to run for reelection this November.
During his 16 year run with the school board Wood has overseen many changes for the system, and says among his most cherished memories is the knowledge that graduation rates have dramatically improved;
"“It has been on my mind for probably a year, at least. I’ve served for 16 years and enjoyed every moment of it. I just feel like it’s time for new ideas. My favorite accomplishment…there’s so many of them…I would say the academic progress like the graduation rate. That has been awesome. Last year we were 85.25%. I can remember whenever I first came on the Board I think we were in the low 60’s.”
Wood added that he hopes his successor will focus on adding greater diversity to the faculty of the Rome School System, placing an emphasis on hiring more minority candidates to match the significant percentage of minorities within the student body.
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