Last truancy blitz of school year in Rochester

Updated: 05/22/2014 3:48 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 4:10 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

Some parents got an unexpected visit from a school superintendent Thursday. It’s part of an effort to get thousands of kids with poor attendance back in Rochester city schools.

Latacia Williams wasn’t expecting Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas to walk up to her home this morning. “Now that I got to personally meet him, to see that he actually cares about the children.”

Vagas talked with Williams about her daughter who is in kindergarten and missed some days at school. Williams said, “At the time I was working two jobs. I was a bus driver and the transportation job I do now. And my grandmother wasn't able to walk her which is like four blocks to school.”

Now that her daughter has a ride to school, her attendance has improved.  “I was informing him how I had to fight to get transportation and how the school was no help to me.”

Dr. Bolgen Vargas said, “I’m happy to hear that the issue has been resolved, we're here to help. More often than not when a child's not coming to school, there are issues behind that. We all need to work together to support the family.”

And today, Williams felt that support. “It felt great. It was nice to know that the city district does care.”

Superintendent Vargas tells us the district needs more help from people in the community from parents to grandmothers to churches and other organizations. They need people to go door to door just like he was doing today. If that's something you're interested in, please call 262-8213 or 262-8788.

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