June 17, 2019 05:20 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The new superintendent of the Rochester City School District has taken the helm. While Terry Dade’s official first day is July 1, he’s already here in Rochester getting his feet wet.
Terry Dade is taking over RCSD at a very volatile time. The district’s graduation rate is hovering around 60%, the school board is at odds and Mayor Lovely Warren wants a five-year state takeover of the district. Dade tells News10NBC that while he’s been keeping track of what’s been going on before taking over, that’s not what he’s focused on right now.
This fall, voters in Rochester will be asked in a referendum whether they want the state to take over the school district. If they vote yes, Warren still needs to convince the state legislature to allow it. What that would mean for Dade is unclear at this point, so that’s why he says, he’s not even entertaining the idea.
Terry Dade, new superintendent of the Rochester City School District: I've never looked at what hypothetically could happen... if I did that, I wouldn't be focused on what we need to focus on each and every day and that's the students of Rochester.
Jennifer Lewke, News10NBC: What have your conversations been like with the mayor of Rochester so far about the district and her plans and hopes for what it might look like moving forward?
Terry Dade: I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her at this point. I do have a meeting later this week, so I'm looking forward to discussing how we can partner with the district moving forward together.
For now, Dade says he’s focused on getting RCSD students through the end of the school year and through Regents exams which begin Tuesday, June 18.
After that, the superintendent says he’ll be moving forward with trying to move the district forward, the way he plans.
“I am in the chair, I was selected for a particular reason and that was to partner with this amazing community to move our schools forward and I have zero doubt that is what's going to happen," Dade says.
Updated: June 17, 2019 05:20 PM
Created: June 17, 2019 04:54 PM
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