RCSD teachers vote no confidence in Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Teachers in the Rochester City School District have voted no confidence in Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small for her response and the current plan for addressing safety in city schools.
The move comes after several violent incidents recently on school grounds.
The superintendent released the following statement Tuesday night:
"I am not deterred by the action the RTA Representative Assembly has taken today. My team and I have been engaged in partnership with all of our union leaders. We are actively present at our schools and interact with many students, teachers, and staff in our District. As superintendent, I am always open to continuous improvement and welcome constructive feedback. The work we have started will continue with a steadfast focus on the health and safety of our students and staff."
Last month, five teachers were injured during an incident at Franklin High School and another Franklin High School teacher came forward with allegations that a student physically and sexually assaulted her after she broke up a fight.
The Rochester Teachers Association also released the results of its survey on school safety in which 93% of teachers expressed no confidence in Myers-Small’s safety plan. Nearly 85% said they are concerned about their safety at work.
The superintendent outlined the plan two weeks ago. It outlines plans to create more social-emotional and mental health supports, as well as efforts to have Rochester Police officers outside of middle and high schools during dismissal and arrival and install lockdown buttons and have safety and security mobile units on special detail. Her full safety plan is below (mobile users, click here):
Lesli Myers-Small Statement by News10NBC