Rome City Schools announced on Tuesday that Brandon Johnson was its 2016 Teacher of the Year. Johnson teaches special education at Rome High School.  Gina Byers, human resource coordinator, was named Support Employee of the Year at the banquet as well.  ‘My priorities have changed though the years of teaching,’ said Johnson. ‘When I first stated I really focused on football and baseball, but now I put my priorities to God, my family and my kids in classes, Johnson added.

Runner up for teacher of the year was Emily Matheny who teaches second grade at North Heights.

Johnson will now go to the state teacher of the year competition which will be announced in the spring.

Rome City Schools Teachers of the year are; J. Calvin Maddox Jr. at East Central Elementary; Ashley Greenway at Elm Street Elementary; Jessi Presley at Main Elementary, Emily Matheny at North Heights Elementary; Carol Lacey at Southeast Elementary; Noel Wilkinson at West Central Elementary; Jared Hughes at West End Elementary; Karen Galloway at Rome Middle; and Johnson at Rome High.

Support employees of the year at each school were Chelsea Rion at East Central Elementary; Denise Haggard at Elm Street Elementary; Hope Booth at Main Elementary; Ginger Rowston at North Heights Elementary; Brenda Giles at Southeast Elementary; John Hester at West Central Elementary; Michael Kelley at West End Elementary; Tara Nolan at Rome Middle; Greta Barrett at Rome High; Melinda Morrison in the Maintenance Department; and Byars at the Central Office.

The school system also held its monthly board meeting on Tuesday. Business and Finance Director Steve Atha said that EPLOST tax collections exceeded expectations on September, collecting $459,140, with projected numbers expected to be $434,000, an increase of over $25,000.


Since the start of EPLOST 4, the system has collected $7,052,641, which is $325,359 less than the projected $7,378,000.