Education: Safety update for Rome City Schools. Georgia Northwestern team ready for nationals.

Education: Safety update for Rome City Schools. Georgia Northwestern team ready for nationals.

Rome City Schools Superintendent Louis Byars presents a PowerPoint presentation to the Safety and Security Teams detailing measures the system has taken to improve security of schools since the last meeting in March. RCS photo.


On Tuesday June 19, Rome City Schools’ Superintendent Louis Byars,  School Board Members, Central Office staff, school faculty and members of the community met in the Central Office board room to discuss ways to keep schools safe and secure.

The meeting attendees were broken into groups that addressed four key elements of the policies. Facilities, after school events, education and procedure, and communications were areas four groups were asked to exchange ideas about and offer ways to improve existing practices.

Leslie Dixon, Director of School Improvement, suggested working on the language used to inform the public about safety and security issues, making it easier for them to understand the information being passed along to them.

Members of the groups also discussed placement of school resource officers, communicating policies to parents and students, ways to encourage reporting strange occurrences and roles of school administration and staff.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College will put its future pros on the national stage as 13 Bobcats are headed to Baltimore, Maryland Thursday morning for the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Competition.

Qualifying 30 students for the national championship over the past three years, GNTC hit this competition season well prepared. The Northwest Georgia college entered 15 students into the state PBL competition this past spring. Thirteen of those 15 qualified for the national event. The competition judging the business expertise of the nation’s top future professionals is held during the National Leadership Conference for PBL each summer.

Those headed to Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, as well as the categories they will be competing in, are Alejandro Cruz-Gutierrez of Chatsworth, Georgia; Jesanyelis Gonzalez of Dalton, Georgia; Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia and Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia (Business Ethics); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (Computer Concepts and Cyber Security); Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia (Entrepreneurship Concepts); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (Macroeconomics and Financial Concepts); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia (Hospitality Management and Human Resource Management); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia; Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia;  (Integrated Marketing Campaign); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (Information Management and Management Concepts); Marvin Tomas Gaspar and Bryan Tapia (Management Analysis and Decision Making); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (Management Concepts and Organizational Behavior and Leadership); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia (Small Business Management Plan); and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia (Social Media Challenge).

Advisors for the award-winning PBL squad are GNTC’s Waddington, Patty Hart, and Mark Upton. PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. Students will participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events at the NLC. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the professional skills organizations.

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