“We have never been able to provide 3-year-old programming for children in Rome City Schools in a school across the board like this,” said Cooper. “You start well and you finish well.”
Numerous houses have already been demolished on the school site, set between East Main Street and Pennington Avenue in South Rome. The board is still working on deeds to a few more homes but most have already been evacuated, according to Cooper.
The city will soon close Wimpy Street, which runs through the middle of the planned school. The site’s demolition began on the east side of the plot near Mount Olive Baptist Church, which will remain intact and serve as a neighbor to the new school.
In other actions:
Twelve new teachers were approved for certified employment, one for support employment and four were approved for certified re-employment for the 2012-2013 school year.
Cooper’s retirement from the position of superintendent is set for Dec. 1. He said it was hard to walk away from the system but he was confident the board would carry through with its goals for future progress.
“I love this system and will miss everyone,” said Cooper.