Newly hired RCSD superintendent: It will be one Rochester family under my leadership

May 29, 2019 06:11 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The ink has barely dried on the contract of the new superintendent of the Rochester City School District, and already he has sat down to talk to News10NBC. 

Terry Dade has a history of turning around failing schools. As assistant superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools in Falls Church, Virginia, he took a dozen failing schools under state control and returned them to good standing in three years.

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The big question is, can he do that here?

News10NBC's Deanna Dewberry: "You are coming in challenging times. The specter of a state takeover looms large. Just last week, the paper broke a story about the mayor and state leaders considering the idea of not only a state takeover but also doing away with the entire school board, perhaps appointing a superintendent. How do you react to that?"

Terry Dade: "React in the same way before the story broke that I was hired by the school board to do one job, to provide the leadership necessary to make sure that our students are getting the education that they deserve." 

Dewberry: "How would you feel though about having to relinquish a great deal of control and answer to the state which could be overseeing your district."

Dade: "I believe that no matter who would be in that position, they would still have the confidence in me and my skill set."

Dade spoke about unifying the district with one passionate purpose...the service of children.

Dade: "The number one thing that I want to change is the narrative here in Rochester city. It will be one Rochester family under my leadership."

Dewberry: "You use the word family a lot. In fact, you used the word family in reference to the school board members in Fairfax County. You know that you are marrying into a Rochester school board family that has long been characterized as 'dysfunctional'. How do you plan to change that?"

Dade: "All of us come from families and families argue, disagree, have differences of opinions behind closed doors but there's no one that can tell me that families don't emerge looking out for the best interests of their kids. So my expectation is that no matter what disagreements we might have as a Rochester family, when we emerge from closed doors or any kind of discussion, we're speaking with one voice." 

Dade officially starts on July 1.

He says he is ready to hit the ground running.


Deanna Dewberry

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