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Barbara Deane-Williams,
Superintendent of Schools

Recent work and events

Rochester City School District’s new Aspiring Principals Program

Superintendent Staff at meeting

March 7, 2017- “The goal of this work is to identify, recruit, select and train mission-driven Principals from our own great talent pool of up-and-coming instructional leaders within the District,” said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams.

The Rochester City School District is receiving technical support from the New York City Leadership Academy, or NYCLA, which has a track record of helping urban districts build Principal pipelines that have a positive impact on student achievement.  Members of the Superintendent's team have collaborated with ASAR leaders and current District Principals to adapt NYCLA’s proven model to the specific needs of Rochester schools. This is a very exciting opportunity for our District, funded by a corporate grant with support from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“I believe that Rochester can lead urban school improvement by building administrative, teacher and student leadership capacity in-house with a focus on equity and instructional excellence,” said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams

March 1, 2017- This week, as the legislature works on the State budget due April 1, Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams will be in Albany urging increased support for Rochester schools.  

On February 14, the Superintendent joined other leaders of New York’s “Big 5” school districts—including Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers—in testifying about the needs of our District before joint Senate and Assembly committees that oversee education and State finances. This week Superintendent Deane-Williams—along with Board of Education Commissioners Liz Hallmark and Willa Powell, plus Chief Financial Officer Everton Sewell and other members of her Executive Cabinet—will take part in individual small-group meetings with legislators who represent Rochester and top leaders of the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office. 

The Superintendent will emphasize the District’s focus on education equity—providing all students opportunities to learn, and giving those who fall behind the extra support they need to achieve grade-level standards and high-school graduation. School teams will ensure every student’s academic, behavior and attendance performance is assessed every five weeks, adjusting interventions as needed and monitoring them for quality and results.  

As in the Superintendent’s testimony, which is posted online, the Rochester team will lobby for $58 million to support Rochester students in State aid above the Governor’s draft budget. This is less than the amount Rochester would receive if the State’s formula for Foundation Aid could be restored to past levels that courts have determined are required for high-poverty Districts.

This week the Superintendent and RCSD Team met with Honorable New York State Assembly member Joseph D. Morelle, Senator Joseph E. Robach, Senator Carl L. Marcellino and Senator Rich Funke in Albany to discuss more funding needs for the City School District.

To read more about the budget process, visit out budget brief newsletter here.

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Office of the Superintendent
131 West Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14614 Directions
Phone: 585-262-8378 | Email

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Articles and Initiatives

  • Pipeline for School Leadership

    On February 9-10 experts from the New York City Leadership Academy visited Rochester to join Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams; along with members of her executive cabinet, leadership from Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester, and two school Principals, to launch and initiative that will identify and train school Principals within the District.

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  • Year My Brother's Keeper Symposium

    On February 17-18, 2017 Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams along with Ruth Turner, Executive Director of Student Support Services, and Abel Perez-Pherett, Executive Director for , attended the My Brother’s Keeper Symposium in Albany.

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  • T&L Partnership & Support Teams Visit NRCS

    School visits for the T&L Partnership & Support Teams kicked off this week on Monday February 13.

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