School board primary comes in light of possible state takeover

June 26, 2019 06:35 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Rochester City School Board, which has been shrouded in controversy over the past several months, will look a bit different come next year.

In Tuesday night's primary, Beatriz LeBron and Willa Powell reclaimed their seats on the board, but they'll likely be joined in January by two new members, Amy Maloy and Ricardo Adams. 


While they all tell us they're planning to move full-steam ahead, the mayor tells News10NBC perhaps they should hold their horses.  

Mayor Warren wants to do away with the school board altogether. She's supporting a five-year state takeover of the Rochester City School District and will ask the public to do the same in a referendum on the November ballot.  

On Wednesday, at a ribbon cutting for a new playground in the city, Warren didn't seem overly interested in the results of Tuesday night's primary vote.

RCSD has one of the lowest graduation rates in the state, which at the moment is hovering around 60 percent. The state education commissioner has said that the district is focused too much on adults and not enough on children and has pointed out dozens of areas in desperate need of improvement.

So far, however, the state has stopped short of any further intervention but the mayor believes if a public referendum shows the community wants it, they will step in. 

"For me, I didn't support anybody really in the school board race because for me, it's about our children and I believe the state should be the ones that come in next year and take over our schools, not necessarily take over our schools but work with our community in order to really improve our school district," said Warren. "We are going to march on to November and hopefully the citizens of our city will agree that there needs to be a total reset and vote yes for our kids." 

The current school board members including those who won their primaries Tuesday, tell us they do not support a state takeover of the district. Some think the referendum is a waste of time, others say it'll at least be interesting to poll the community to see where it stands on the idea.  


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