Rochester City School District

The Rochester City School District is a public school district that serves approximately 26,000 students in the city of Rochester, New York. It is currently operating with a budget of $916 million, which comes out to approximately $30,500 per student.[7]

Rochester City School District
Rochester City School District official logo.png
Rochester, New York
District information
MottoEvery child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece.[4]
GradesPre-kindergarten, K-12, Incarcerated Youth High School, Adult Evening High School
SuperintendentTerry J. Dade[1]
AccreditationNew York State Board of Regents
Schools60 pre-K sites
40 elementary
19 secondary
1 Montessori
1 program for young mothers
1 family/adult learning center[2]
BudgetDecrease US$693.7 million (2010–2011)[3]
Students and staff
Students26,057 children
10,000 adults[5]
Teachers3,900 (2010–2011)[6]
Staff300 administrators
2,300 support personnel (2010–2011)[6]
Student–teacher ratio8.1:1 (2011)[2]
Other information
UnionsNYSUT, Rochester Teachers Association


Dan Lowengard was interim superintendent until 2016; he had a stroke and resigned afterward, with Linda Cimusz taking his position.[8]


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 EducationEdit

The board of education consists of seven members, elected biennially, who serve staggered four-year terms.

The current board members are[9]:

  • Van Henri White, President
    • Board Liaison to: Schools 17, 43, 50, 54, 57, Edison Career and Technical High School, East High School Upper School, East High School Lower School, and Youth and Justice Program
    • Term Expires: December 2021
  • Willa Powell, Vice President
    • Board Liaison to: Schools 23, 25, 28, 33, 45, 46, 52, P-Tech High School Program, School Without Walls
    • Term Expires: December 2019
  • Cynthia Elliott
    • Board Liaison to: Schools 3,9,19, Leadership Academy for Young Men, Rochester International Academy, Vanguard Collegiate High School, and Integrated Arts and Technology High School
    • Term Expires: December 2021
  • Melanie Funchess
    • Board Liaison to:Schools 5, 34, 39, 44, Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy, Northeast College High and Northwest Junior High at the Douglass Campus, and LyncX Academy
    • Term Expires: December 2018
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hallmark
    • Board Liaison to: Schools 8, 12, 15, 35, 53, 58, School of the Arts, North S.T.A.R. Program
    • Term Expires: December 2019
  • Beatriz Lebron
    • Board Liaison to: Schools 2, 7, 10, 16, 22, 29, James Monroe High School, and All City High School Program
    • Term Expires: December 2018
  • Natalie Sheppard
    • Board Liaison to: Schools 4, 20, RISE Community School (formerly 41), 42, Rochester Early College International High School, OACES Program, Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, and Rochester Early Childhood Education Center
    • Term Expires: December 2021

Note: The commissioner posts being vacated by Ms. Lebron and Ms. Funchess in December 2018 were voted on by City Residents in September, 2018, and Ms. Lebron and Ms. Judith Davis will fill those roles until December 2019, when they can run again for a full four-year term[10]

Superintendent and supporting teamEdit

The superintendent, Ms. Barbara Deane-Williams, carries out board policy from the district's administrative offices at 131 W. Broad Street in the city of Rochester, NY. Supporting the superintendent are the following executives:[11]

  • Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning: Dr. Cecilia Golden
  • Deputy Superintendent of Administration: Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller
  • Chief of Staff: Fatimat Reid
  • Chief of Communications: Carlos Garcia
  • Chief of Operations: Michael Schmidt
  • Chief of Human Resources: Harry Kennedy
  • Chief Financial Officer: Everton Sewell



Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Clara Barton School No. 2 (PreK-6), Principal - Pamela Rutland
  • Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3 (K-8), Principal - Rodney Moore
  • George Mather Forbes School No. 4 (K-8), 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 - Laurel Avery-DeToy
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School No. 9 (PreK-6), Principal - Sharon Jackson
  • Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10 (PreK-6), Principal - Camaron Clyburn
  • Anna Murray-Douglass Academy No. 12 (K-8), Principal - John Gonzalez
  • The Children's School of Rochester No. 15 (K-6), - Principal - Jay Piper
  • John Walton Spencer School No. 16 (PreK-8), Principal - Carla Roberts
  • Enrico Fermi School No. 17 (PreK-8), Principal - Caterina Leone-Mannino
  • Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 (PreK-8), Principal - Moniek Silas-Lee
  • Henry Lomb School No. 20 (PreK-6), Principal - D'Onnarae Johnson
  • Abraham Lincoln School No. 22 (PreK-6), Principal - Clinton Bell
  • Francis Parker School No. 23 (PreK-6), Principal - John Gonzalez
  • 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 - Joe Baldino
  • John James Audubon School No. 33 (PreK-6), Principal - Larry Ellison
  • Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School No. 34 (PreK-6), Principal - Carmine Peluso
  • Pinnacle School No. 35 (K-6), Principal - Brenda Santana
  • Andrew J. Townson School No. 39 (PreK-6), Principal - Jacquelyn Cox
  • Kodak Park School No. 41 (PreK-6), Principal - Christine Caluorie-Poles
  • Abelard Reynolds School No. 42 (PreK-6), Principal - Lisa Whitlow
  • Theodore Roosevelt School No. 43 (PreK-6), Principal - Richard Smith
  • Lincoln Park School No. 44 (PreK, 1-6), Principal - Donna Gattelaro-Andersen
  • 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 Aronson
  • Montessori Academy School No. 53 (PreK-6), Principal - Kimberly Harris-Pappin
  • The Flower City School No. 54 (K-6), Principal - Lessie Hamilton-Rose
  • Early Childhood School of Rochester No. 57 (PreK-2), Principal - Eva Thomas
  • World of Inquiry School No. 58 (K-12), Principal - Sheelarani Webster
  • Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy (K-5, 7-8), Principal - Deasure Matthew

Secondary schoolsEdit

Other programs and departmentsEdit

  • All City High (7-12), Administrator - Armando Ramirez
  • Family Learning Center, Administrator - Paul Burke
  • Florence S. Brown PreK Center (PreK-2), Administrator - Katherine Mykins
  • Homeless Students & Families Program (PreK-12), Administrator - Elizabeth Reyes
  • LyncX Academy (7-12), Administrator - Christopher Smith
  • Native American Resource Center, Administrator - Perry Ground
  • NorthSTAR, Administrator - Jason George
  • Office of Parent Engagement, Administrator - Pamela Rutland
  • P-TECH Rochester Pathways to Technology Program (9-10), Administrator - Latreasha Fuller
  • Rochester Early Childhood Education Center (PreK 3 & 4), Administrator - Lisa Traficante-Loncao
  • Rochester International Academy (4-12), Administrator - Mary Andrecolich-Diaz
  • Rochester Preschool Parent Program, Administrator - Rebecca Boyle
  • Student Equity & Placement/Language Assessment, Administrator - Karl Kania
  • Universal Prekindergarten & Early Childhood Programs (Pre-K), Administrator - Robin Hooper
  • Young Mothers & Interim Health Academy/Home Hospital Tutoring, Administrator - Anthony Robinson
  • Youth & Justice Program, Administrator - Michael Allen


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.

Configuration redesignEdit

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.

Media coverageEdit

Given the district's continued struggles there has been a plethora of 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." [15] In 2018 the editorial board of that paper wrote "It is time to declare an emergency".[16]


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  2. ^ a b Facts & figures on Monroe County school districts, Penfield, New York: Monroe County School Boards Association, p. 32, 2011, OCLC 4891330 Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "1", 2010-2011 Budget Book and District Profile (PDF), 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
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  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ a b "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
  7. ^ "Finance / RCSD 2018-19 Budget Overview". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  8. ^ Murphy, Justin (2016-01-15). "Dan Lowengard steps down as RCSD superintendent after stroke". The Journal News. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  9. ^ "Board of Education / Board of Education". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  10. ^ Vazquez, Juan. "Beatriz LeBron, Judith Davis win Rochester City School Board seats". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  11. ^ "Superintendent's Executive Cabinet". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  12. ^ "Rochester City Schools name new Superintendent". WHEC-TV. 2007-11-14. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Bolgen Vargas Resigns as Superintendent of Rochester City School District". Tara Grimes. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  15. ^ "Time to Educate – Fixing Rochester, NY, schools – Democrat and Chronicle". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  16. ^ "Editorial Board: It is time to declare an emergency". The Journal News. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

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