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Rome High Hosts Official College and Career Academy Groundbreaking Ceremony

May 10, 2019---4:50 P.M.


On Rome High School hosted its official College and Career Academy Groundbreaking Ceremony as preparations for the beginnings of construction commence.

Members of the Rome Floyd Chamber, Rome City Schools Board of Education, Rome City Commission, local business partners as well as teachers and future College and Career Academy students were all in attendance.

Rome City Manager Sammy Rich, Rome City Commissioner Randy Quick and Rome School Board member Elaina Beeman could be found admiring the layout and renderings of the future College and Career Academy before
the ceremony began.

“Oh, my goodness, I am so excited,” smiled Beeman. “Every time I ride through Polk County I think, ‘Okay, our day is coming,’ and now it’s finally here.”

“I am very excited as well,” adds Rich. “We are at a critical point in our history as a community, so this is a great time to give these the students options.”

“Any time you can add a College and Career Academy to a community in order to develop a qualifiedm workforce, that is a wonderful thing,” said Quick.

“Go Wolves!” closed Beeman as the rest of the group nodded in agreement.

Louis Byars, Superintendent of Rome City Schools, then welcomed everyone to the groundbreaking ceremony as he made sure to thank everyone who has played a part in building the internal structure of the CCA.

Faith Collins, Chair of the RCS Board of Education, and John Reid, Athletic Director of the system, relayed their sincere appreciations as well.

Ninth grade student at Rome High, Saja Khativ, also spoke to the crowd about her excitement for the new CCA building, as she is already putting her two CTAE pathways to use.

“I am just so thankful that the school has given me this opportunity to come and speak. I want to be an entrepreneur when I get older, and this building will help me build that foundation, as it already has,” smiled Khativ.

Holly Amerman, CEO of Rome City Schools College and Career Academy and CTAE Director, was beyond excited for this day to finally arrive.

“This is truly just a culmination of years of work and effort on our end of the deal,” said Amerman. “It is just so incredible that our community is gifting this to our children, with the passing of the ESPLOST. All of our tax payers voted on the CCA, so to know that our community believes that this is worth it- I think it says something to our kids in a really loud way that is really important.”

“I think that our children need to believe and understand that we are here for more than just the basics, we want to make sure that they are truly prepared, and we want to live into that vision. It’s just so exciting!” ends Amerman.

Dr. Eric Holland, Principal of Rome High School, has a personal attachment to the culmination of the College and Career Academy, which he spoke on during his speech to all attending the ceremony.

“My brother actually went through a workforce pathway during school and seeing how that changed his life for the better is what makes me so very excited for the CCA,” explained Dr. Holland. “I am excited about every opportunity and every pathway that we are introducing to our students because it is just another way they can succeed.”

Construction for the College and Career Academy has already begun on the Rome High School campus and will continue throughout the summer.