Important Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Deane-Williams

I want to share my decision to retire effective January 31, 2019.  I have notified the Board of Education of my decision and will work closely with the Board on a smooth and successful transition to new leadership.


It has been a privilege to work side-by-side with so many dedicated educators, staff members, parents, and community partners in school improvement to provide a quality education to every child by face and name in every classroom and school across our city.  Though we face many long-standing challenges, we have made progress in:


  • Ensuring students have expanded learning opportunities including Pre-K, summer learning, and extended learning time
  • Creating stronger community schools
  • Early hiring of bilingual educators, special educators, and teachers representative of the community we serve
  • Welcoming hundreds of families from Puerto Rico and other hurricane-impacted regions
  • Implementing school climate improvement
  • Driving initiatives on racial equity, implicit bias, and trauma-responsive practices
  • Ensuring every student is supported by face and name to achieve grade-level standards and on-time graduation 


These are but a few examples of our progress together, and I know your hard work and commitment will help ensure the progress continues.  I want to thank our District Leadership teams, labor partners, parents, and community members who work tirelessly every day to educate our students and support our families across the city.  I also want to express deep appreciation and thanks to each of you for all you have done for the children and families in the Rochester City School District.  I am inspired by your passion to provide the children of our community the high-quality education they deserve. 


Rochester is a special place, and I have great hope for the future of our schools.

Most sincerely,


Barbara Deane-Williams