Elaina Beeman, who has served on the Rome City School Board since January of 2014, has been elected The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) District Director for District 7.

“To be considered for this position, half of our local school board had to write a letter of recommendation for me and all of our board members signed off on the decision, including our chairperson,” Beeman explained. “Then I had to campaign for the District Director of GSBA by speaking to all District 7 school board members. I am most excited about getting to engage with other board members. We meet so many people at conferences and we get to have brief conversations with them, but we rarely have a chance to really exchange information and become better advocates for our students.”

During her three-year term, Beeman will work with other school systems to develop best practices, oversee financial reporting, develop strategic plans, act as a liaison with school boards within her district for services and programs, as well as many other board responsibilities.

“My goal is to bring people and ideas together. We can learn from each other. Rome City Schools can be enhanced by some of the practices of school boards from Dalton, Marietta and Cartersville. Things are rapidly changing and to continue to serve our students at a high level, we must change with those practices that are carefully scrutinized and proven to be effective,” she said.

Beeman will assume the role of GSBA District Director in June at the GSBA Summer Conference. Rome City Board members will meet with other Georgia boards in Savannah. The conference will run June 8-10.

“We all share some of the same issues, even though we work in different parts of the state. If we can teach other members how to letter write, how to call our elected officials and address policy needs, and spearhead positive change, then we can really make a huge difference in the education of our children,” Beeman said.

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One area Beeman intends has set her focus on is nurses in schools. She feels that we need more medical professionals on campus, more afterschool programs, educational tools for children with learning disabilities, and a more diverse curriculum for Rome City’s gifted population.

“I look forward to hearing about instructional opportunities outside of classrooms for our gifted students and maybe exposing them to colleges earlier. If I can be a liaison between some of our local colleges and other boards, then we can implement programs that solve these challenges.”

The Board will attend a retreat at the end of this month where Superintendent Louis Byars will share new ideas he feels will strengthen the overall educational experience for the students of Rome City.