Education: Rome Board of Education welcomes new member Pascha Burge, elects Jill Fisher chair and Will Byington vice chair, and discusses extra penny tax to fund a new Rome Middle School.

Education: Rome Board of Education welcomes new member Pascha Burge, elects Jill Fisher chair and Will Byington vice chair, and discusses extra penny tax to fund a new Rome Middle School.

Pascha Burge was sworn in as the newest member of the Rome Board of Education during Tuesday’s meeting. Update below.

 

From media releases: The proposed calendar for the next school  year, the key item on the planned May extra-penny education tax proposal and chair elections highlighted Tuesday’s Rome City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent Lou Byars presented the 2022-2023 proposed school calendar, which was approved by the board. View it here.

The Board unanimously elected a new chair, Jill Fisher, and vice chair, Will Byington.

As for the tax vote: If approved, Byars said the largest project would be building a new Rome Middle School, a project that will help the system alleviate a growing elementary and middle school populations. Byars also said that the system would move all sixth-grade students to the new middle school and alleviate the pressure of a growing student population at the elementary schools.

RCS also updated the COVID-19 Decision Matrix with information advised by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The update is consistent with the communication from the governor’s office and DPH. The updated COVID-19 Decision Matrix can be found on the system’s website.

From left, Rome City school Board members vice chair Will Byington, Pascha Burge, chair Jill Fisher, Faith Collins, John Uldrick, Dr. Melissa Davis and Alvin Jackson Sr. with Superior Court Judge Kay Ann Wetherington.

The Rome City Schools Board of Education welcomed a new member Monday: Pascha Burge, a Roman native and graduate of Rome High School. She replaces Elaina Beeman who instead won a seat on the Rome City Commission rather than seek re-election.

She graduated from RHS in 1995, attended Berry College and later graduated from Shorter University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. She has been married to Marshall Burge III for 22 years and they are the parents of three sons. Burge and her family attend Greater Mount Calvary and Thankful Baptist Church.

Burge has deep connections in the community. For the past 23 years, she has worked with AT&T as a Sales Engagement Manager and previously served as the Union Area Vice President for Communication Workers of America (CWA), Local 3212.

During her tenure as Union AVP, Pascha headed several community engagement initiatives to support the local Boys & Girls Clubs here in Rome. From 2016-2020, she was heavily involved in the Rome High Football Booster Club and served on the PTO Board.

She also led Sunday School at Greater Mount Calvary for over 15 years, and during that same time she and her husband organized a program named the Breakfast and Bus Ministry.

Board members returning to serve an additional four-year term are:

  • Faith Collins
  • Will Byington
  • John Uldrick
  • Dr. Melissa Davis
  • Jill Fisher
  • Alvin Jackson

Board members were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Kay Ann Wetherington and were joined by family and community members for photos.

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