RCSD suspending proposal that would reconfigure or close 11 schools

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Wednesday, RCSD announced they are suspending a proposal from November 2021, and in turn will not close certain schools. However, the situation is still fluid.

The November 2021 proposal included the following schools on a list that would either reconfigure or close them altogether:

  • Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7
  • Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne School No. 25
  • Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29
  • Andrew J. Townson School No. 39
  • Montessori Academy School No. 53
  • Flower City School No. 54
  • RISE Community School No. 106
  • Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence
  • Northwest Junior High at Douglass
  • Rochester International Academy

The reason for the initial proposal was due to a number of different reasons such as declining enrollment and under-performing schools.

Dr. Lesli Myers-Small, the RCSD superintendent, wrote in an update that "final determinations will be presented to the Board of Education for a vote in October 2022."