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Barbara Deane-Williams,
Superintendent of Schools
Barbara Deane-Williams joined the Rochester City School District on August 8, 2016, becoming the first woman to serve as permanent Superintendent. To drive innovation and improvement, she immediately engaged the District’s leadership team in five 100-Day Listening and Learning projects. Project teams are in the process of engaging constituents, researching best practices and bringing forth recommendations to improve key functional areas. The Superintendent has laid out areas of focus to guide all District plans—prioritizing educational equity; building relational capacity; nurturing innovation; creating coherence across systems and programs that serve children; and ensuring accountability for action. More >

Recent work and events

Rochester Teachers Association Educational Dinner Seminar

Beginning of Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williiams presentation at the RTA Education Dinner Seminar  Superintendent during her presentation to the RTA  The superintendent speaking with teachers after the event

November 28th - Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams participated in a Rochester Teachers Association Educational Dinner Seminar. During this meeting, the superintendent went over her 100 day plan, conducted an interactive poll with the teachers on different subject matter, and held a Q&A session with attendees.

Standing Up for Equity and Dignity 

Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams at City Hall standing in solidarity for the dignity and rights of all.    Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams meets Senator Kristen Gillibrand  

November 22nd - Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams was invited to join a group of community leaders in address the need for unity in standing up for the rights and dignity of all people. This event took place in response to hate crimes and acts of prejudice that have occurred recently across the country, including the greater Rochester community. Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Mayor Lovely Warren along with other elected officials, representatives of different faith communities, and advocates from the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, joined together to denounce these acts, demonstrating that Rochester and New York stand in favor of unity and tolerance.

Thanksgiving basket deliveries for School No. 41
The Superintendent drops off a meal for a Rochester family for the holiday   Barbara Deane-Williams before the basket drop-off to a needy family from School No. 41
November 23rd - The staff at Kodak Park School No. 41 and their partners sponsored fifty-five Thanksgiving baskets with all the ingredients for a full meal. The Superintendent was one of many staff people from the school community that participated in local drop-offs to School No. 41 families before the holiday. A special thanks to all of our community partners who made these donations possible including Quad A for Kids, Suda Communications, and Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church.
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