By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Tuesday marks the first meetings of the year for both the Floyd County Commission and the Rome City Schools. Each faces their own list of respective challenges in the New Year, along with some potential new faces.
At their 2 p.m. meeting, the County Commission plans to hold a public hearing for their proposed 2013 budget. With historically low revenues and an estimated 700,000 dollar deficient looming in the books, Commissioners have been forced to tighten the purse string for this coming year.
Also facing the commission is former county manager Blaine Williams’ open seat. The County appointed Finance Director Gary Burkhalter to serve as interim county manager until a permanent replacement can be found. They are set to discuss and adopt hiring resolutions for the position at their meeting.
The Rome City School Board is also facing some new personnel, as Dr. Jeff Bearden is set to assume his new seat as Superintendent on the 15th of this month. Bearden will be coming on in a pivotal time for the city schools---and schools all across the nation. After the Shady Hook Elementary tragedy, schools everywhere are re-examining and re-vamping their security plans. At their 5:45 p.m. meeting, the school board will discuss and perhaps even alter the city school safety procedures.
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