School district in the U.S. state of New York
The Rochester City School District is a public school district that serves approximately 27,000 students in the city of Rochester, New York. It is currently operating with a budget of $986 million, which comes out to approximately $36,500 per student. This is, according to Census Bureau data, $11,000 more than the New York State average of $25,500 per student, and two and a half times the national average of $14,500 per student.
The school district is run by a board of education that sets school policy and approves school spending. The board hires a superintendent under contract to carry out its policies.
Board of Education
The board of education consists of five members, elected biennially, who serve staggered four-year terms.
The current board members are:
- Cynthia Elliott, President
- Board Liaison to: Dr. Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence, School No. 9, School No. 22, Leadership Academy for Young Men, Rochester International Academy, Franklin Lower and Upper School
- Term Expires: December 2025
- Beatriz LeBron, Vice President
- Board Liaison to: School No. 2, School No. 7, School No. 12, School No. 15, School No. 19, School No. 29, All City High, Home Hospital Instruction Program, James Monroe High School
- Term Expires: December 2023
- Ricardo Adams, Commissioner
- Board Liaison to: East Upper School, East Lower School, Wilson Foundation Academy, Northeast College High School, Northwest Junior High School, School No. 8, School No. 10, School No. 16, School No. 35, School No. 39, and Rochester Early Childhood Education Center
- Term Expires: December 2023
- Amy Maloy, Commissioner
- Board Liaison to:School No. 5, School No. 34, School No. 53, School No. 58, LyncX Academy, North STAR, School of the Arts
- Term Expires: December 2023
- Willa Powell, Commissioner
- Board Liaison to: School No. 23, School No. 25, School No. 28, School No. 33, School No. 45, School No. 52, School Without Walls
- Term Expires: December 2023
Superintendent and supporting team
|Isaac F. Mack||1841–1845||John M. Franco||March 1, 1971 – June 16, 1971 (acting)
June 17, 1971 – 1980
|Samuel L. Selden||January 1, 1846 – November 1, 1846||Laval S. Wilson||1980 – 1985|
|Belden R. McAlpine||November 2, 1846 – 1847||Peter J. McWalters||1985 (acting)
|Manuel J. Rivera||1992–1994
September 1, 2002 – April 30, 2007
|Reuben D. Jones||1850–1856||Loretta Johnson||1994–1995 (acting)|
|Isaac S. Hobbie||1856–1857||Clifford B. Janey||1995 – August 31, 2002|
|Philip H. Curtis||1858–1861||William C. Cala||2007 – December 31, 2007 (interim)|
|Charles N. Simmons||1864–1869
|Jean-Claude Brizard||January 1, 2008 – May 13, 2011|
|Sylvanus A. Ellis||1869–1875
|Bolgen T. Vargas||May 16, 2011 – December 31, 2015 |
|Alonzo L. Mabbett||1878–1881||Daniel G. Lowengard||January 1 – 15, 2016 (interim)|
|Milton Noyes||1892–1900||Linda L. Cimusz||January 18, 2016 – July 2016 (interim)|
|Charles B. Gilbert||1901–1909||Barbara Deane Williams||August 8, 2016 – 2019|
|Clarence F. Carroll||1903–1911|
|Herbert S. Weet||1911–1933|
|James M. Spinning||1934 – November 1, 1954|
|Howard C. Seymour||November 1, 1954 – December 31, 1960|
|James S. Wishart||January 1, 1961 – August 31, 1961 (acting)|
|Robert L. Springer||September 1, 1961 – May 31, 1963|
|Herman R. Goldberg||June 1, 1963 – July 31, 1963 (acting)
August 1, 1963 – March 1, 1971
- Florence S. Brown PreK Center at School No. 33 (PreK), Principal – Pamela Carlton Ferris
- Rochester Early Childhood Education Center NE (PreK), Principal – Lisa Traficante-Loncao
- Clara Barton School No. 2 (PreK–6), Principal – Corey Hepburn
- George Mather Forbes School No. 4 (PreK–6), Principal – Karon Jackson
- John Williams School No. 5 (PreK–8), Principal – Terrilyn Hammond
- Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7 (PreK–6), Principal – David Lincoln
- Roberto Clemente School No. 8 (PreK–8), Principal – Stephanie Thompson
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9 (PreK–6), Principal – Sharon Jackson
- Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10 (PreK–6), Principal – Eva Thomas
- Anna Murray-Douglass Academy No. 12 (PreK–8), Principal – John Gonzalez
- The Children’s School of Rochester No. 15 (PreK–6), – Principal – Jay Piper
- John Walton Spencer School No. 16 (PreK–6), Principal – Lisa Garrow
- Enrico Fermi School No. 17 (PreK–8), Principal – Yajaira Nguyen
- Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 (PreK–8), Principal – Moniek Silas-Lee
- Abraham Lincoln School No. 22 (PreK–6), Principal – Clinton Bell
- Francis Parker School No. 23 (PreK–6), Principal – Kathryn Yarlett-Fenti
- Nathaniel Hawthorne School No. 25 (PreK–6), Principal – Deborah Lazio
- Henry Hudson School No. 28 (K–8), Principal – Susan Ladd
- Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29 (PreK–6), Principal – Joseph Baldino
- John James Audubon School No. 33 (PreK–6), Principal – Melody Martinez-Davis
- Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School No. 34 (PreK–6), Principal – D’Onnarae Johnson
- Pinnacle School No. 35 (K–6), Principal – Brenda Torres-Santana
- Andrew J. Townson School No. 39 (PreK–6), Principal – Shalonda Garfield
- Abelard Reynolds School No. 42 (PreK–6), Principal – Lisa Whitlow
- Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45 (PreK–8), Principal – Robert Snyder
- Charles Carroll School No. 46 (PreK–6), Principal – T’Hani Pantoja
- Helen Barrett Montgomery School No. 50 (PreK–8), Principal – Connie Wehner
- Frank Fowler Dow School No. 52 (PreK–6), Principal – Mary Ferguson
- Montessori Academy School No. 53 (PreK–6), Principal – Dr. Kimberly Harris-Pappin
- The Flower City School No. 54 (K–6), Principal – LaShara Evans
- World of Inquiry School No. 58 (K–12), Principal – Kwame Donko-Hanson
- RISE Community School No. 106 (PreK–6), Principal – Kelly Lampman
- Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy (K–8), Principal – Rhonda Neal
- Dr. Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence (7–8), Principal – Deborah Washington
- East Lower School (6–8), Principal – LeAndrew Wingo
- East Upper School (9–12), Principal – Marlene Blocker
- Edison Career & Technology High School (9–12), Principal – Jacob Scott
- Franklin Lower School (7–8), Principal – Stephanie Harris
- Franklin Upper School (9–12), Principal – Richard Smith
- James Monroe Lower School (7–8), Principal – Wakili Moore
- James Monroe Upper School (9–12), Principal – Jason Muhammad
- Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy (9–12), Principal – Julie VanDerwater
- Leadership Academy for Young Men (7–12), Principal – Djinga St. Louis
- Northeast College High School (9–12), Principal – Nakia Burrows
- Northwest Junior High at Douglass (7–8), Principal – Rodney Moore
- Rochester Early College International High School (9–12), Principal – Uma Mehta
- School of the Arts (7–12), Principal – Kelly A. Nicastro
- School Without Walls (9–12), Principal – Coretta Wright
Other programs and departments
- All City High (10–12), Administrator – Armando Ramirez
- Home Hospital Instruction (7–12), Director – Christopher Smith
- LyncX Academy (7–12), Director – Christopher Smith
- NorthSTAR Program, Director of Alternative Education Programs – James Nunez
- Rochester International Academy (4–12), Principal – Mary Andrecolich-Diaz
- Rochester Preschool Parent Program, Principal – Rebecca Boyle
- Universal Prekindergarten & Early Childhood Programs (PreK–K), Principal – Robin Hooper
- Youth & Justice, Director – Michael A. Allen, II
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In 2019, the Rochester City School District was ranked the 3rd worst school district in upstate New York and in 2017 was ranked the 8th worst in New York State
In 2007, the New York State Education Department named 14 Rochester elementary schools among the state’s “most improved” schools in English language arts and/or math. Newsweek ranked Wilson Magnet High School 49th among the nation’s top 100 high schools based on advanced curriculum.
The Children’s Institute, a non-profit children’s advocacy organization, has ranked the district’s pre-K program one of the best in the nation.
In 2003, a plan to redesign the grade-level configuration was approved by the board of education. It changed the district from one of elementary schools (preK–5), middle schools (6–8) and high schools (9–12) to one of elementary schools (pre-K–6) and secondary schools (7–12). The plan was implemented in stages over four years.
Given the district’s continued struggles there has been much local media coverage analyzing the district from varying perspectives, and most recently this has been done through the Democrat and Chronicle‘s Time to Educate Series. The motto of this media initiative is “Something. Must. Change.” In 2018 the editorial board of that paper wrote “It is time to declare an emergency”.
- “Superintendent / Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools”.
- Facts & Figures on Monroe County School Districts, Penfield, New York: Monroe County School Boards Association, p. 32, 2011, OCLC 4891330 ;
- “1” (PDF), 2010-2011 Budget Book and District Profile, Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District, 2010-05-13, p. 3, archived from the original (PDF) on July 23, 2011, retrieved 2011-05-03,
On April 29, 2010, the Board of Education unanimously passed a budget of $693.7 million for the Rochester City School District for 2010-11 that focuses on the district’s core work of teaching and learning. It represents a 3.1% decrease from the amended budget for 2009-10
- “About our District / Our Vision and Mission”.
- “A Look Inside the RCSD”. District Profile. Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
Our schools provide a quality education for approximately 32,000 students in pre-K through grade 12 and 10,000 adults.
- “General Information”. District Profile. Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
Has approximately 6,500 employees, including: 3,900 teachers, 300 administrators, 2,300 support personnel
- www.rcsdk12.org / RCSD Budget Overview https://www.rcsdk12.org/cms/lib/NY01001156/Centricity/Domain/92/06.09.2021%20Budget%20Presentation%20to%20Rochester%20City%20Council.pdf / RCSD Budget Overview. Retrieved 2018-10-05. ;
- “Board of Education / Board of Education”. www.rcsdk12.org. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
- “Rochester City Schools name new Superintendent”. WHEC-TV. 2007-11-14. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
- “Board, Brizard sign; he will begin work in January”. Rochester City School District. 2007-11-30. Archived from the original on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
- “Bolgen Vargas Resigns as Superintendent of Rochester City School District”. www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester.html. Tara Grimes. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
- “The 53 worst-graded school districts in Upstate NY for 2019”. March 2019.
- “Why are Rochester schools America’s worst? Study Kodak Park School 41”.
- “Time to Educate – Fixing Rochester, NY, schools – Democrat and Chronicle”. www.democratandchronicle.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
- “Editorial Board: It is time to declare an emergency”. The Journal News. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2020-01-28.