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RCSD officials submit 3rd district improvement plan

August 13, 2019 11:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Students are headed back to school in less than three weeks. While some parents are shopping for school supplies, the Rochester City School District Board of Education is working on their third draft of a district improvement plan.

Distinguished Educator Jamie Aquino released a highly critical report of the district last November. District leaders had to submit a plan of action to fix the key areas of concern that Aquino identified. The first revision was submitted in February. The state sent feedback and asked for revisions in April and in June, the district resubmitted the plan.

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Earlier this month, in a letter, State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia said the district's action plan is more cohesive than the first submission, but she still sees room for improvement. In a 72-page plan, you see red notes from the commissioner under several categories including budget, special education, parent involvement and more. Van White, Board of Education president, says the community should be proud of the progress so far.

"She is saying we have a plan from which we can work," White said. "There's some additional minor revisions to that plan but by and large, the commissioner has accepted our plan."

Board committees have been meeting to finalize the plan before the kids are back in the classroom. Superintendent Terry Dade tells News10NBC Commissioner Elia is joining the discussion this Friday.

"We start with the vision and mission, engage all our stakeholders in a process to make sure we're on track for our goals and metrics in the years ahead," Dade said.

As he heads into his first school year as superintendent, Dade remains optimistic that the board will submit a plan by Elia's Aug. 30 deadline.

"I'm extremely confident that we will implement our plan with fidelity and we will see significant improvements in outcomes by the end of next year," Dade said.

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