Rome Ed. Board of Directors calls on newcomer to fill vacant seat

Rome Board of Education Chairman John Nash has confirmed that the board will appoint Danielle Lubecki for an interim term – which will begin upon her swearing in at the next regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, February 28. and shall expire on May 18 or the date on which the results of the district election to fill that seat are certified.

The council seat became vacant following the resignation of former council member Craig Ferretti.

The board considered options including leaving the seat vacant until district elections in May or holding a special election to fill it, which would see the predominant candidate seated immediately and serving until June 2025. But the decision was taken to nominate an interim candidate, who has the option, but is not required, to run for the seat in May and continue to serve a full three-year term, if that interim member wins the seat at that time that time.

The board said it was seeking letters of intent, as well as resumes, from any community member who wished to be considered for appointment to the seat. He received six such letters of intent; three former board members, the two most recent presidents before Nash – Dr. Stephen Hampe and Paul Fitzpatrick – and former board member, Jennifer Geiger. The three candidates who had never served on the Rome school board were Kelly Carinci, Bill Tagliaferri and Lubecki.

Members conducted interviews with the six candidates last week and convened an executive session of the Council on Thursday, February 17 to discuss them in the context of the filling of the seat. Nash confirms that a consensus was reached among the seven members present – ​​with member Lisa Herbowy absent – ​​that Lubecki would fill the vacant seat for the interim term.

“The board interviewed six extremely qualified candidates on Thursday evening. We were impressed with each nominee, which made the final selection very difficult, as each would have brought invaluable perspective and very hard work to the board,” Nash said. “We are excited about our selection of Danielle Lubecki and look forward to working closely with her over the coming months as we address the many challenges currently facing the district.”

Lubecki holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Utica College and a Master of Education in Secondary Education and Teaching from Grand Canyon University. She currently works as a special education teacher at Madison-Oneida BOCES.

The board of directors intends to swear in Lubecki at its regular meeting scheduled for Monday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

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