RCSD modernization plan back on track

Created: 06/20/2014 8:11 AM WHEC.com

Today, a plan to continue the modernization of Rochester City Schools can get back on track after the passage in Albany of Phase Two of a program designed to update more than two dozen schools including rebuilding old structures to make them better for students.

That plan has stirred up controversy after a federal investigation into how millions of dollars were spent in Phase One of the project.

Thursday’s bill creates more oversight of the $435-million that will be used in Phase Two including new safeguards to prevent taxpayers from being left on the hook for costs over that $435-million budget.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said Thursday that federal investigation into Phase One was not looking into any possible misconduct of the Rochester City School Board. “The board itself has been told by the Federal Bureau that they are not only not targets of the investigation, but that they feel that they are potentially victims. But as I said no charges have been filed and my understanding is that they are looking at a very small subset of the project."

Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and Mayor Lovely Warren both applauded the passage of the bill saying it's a significant move forward that will benefit taxpayers and ultimately, children across Rochester.

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