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State names 'distinguished educator' to oversee Rochester City School District

State names 'distinguished educator' to oversee Rochester City School District

July 18, 2018 01:53 PM

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appointed Dr. Jaime Aquino as Distinguished Educator to the Rochester City School District, the department announced Wednesday.

Dr. Jaime Aquino has worked in education for more than 30 years, serving teaching roles in Queens, Los Angeles, Denver and Hartford. 

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“The Rochester City School District needs to address many deficiencies in instruction and student support that are barriers to student learning,” Commissioner Elia said. “Working with Superintendent Deane-Williams and the district, Dr. Aquino will assess the district’s fiscal, operational and instructional operations and develop strategies for improvement.”

The DE is considered a consultant to the district and his services will be paid for by the district. 

The DE responsibilities include conducting an intensive review of district systems, structures and operations. As part of the review, he will help to create and execute improvement plans for Priority Schools and Focus Schools, and as well as plans to improve the district.

During the first 45 days of his appointment, the Distinguished Educator will focus on working collaboratively with the district to develop an action plan outlining the goals and objectives for the district and himself for the ensuing school year.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “All of Rochester’s students deserve a high-quality education. The Distinguished Educator can help the school board and district make sure the children are well served through improved teaching and learning."

Dr. Kenneth Eastwood was previously appointment as distinguished educator to the New York State Department of Education, though that offer had been rescinded according to a statement from the school board.

New York State commissioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia rescinded the appointment after Eastwood and the school board could not come to an agreement on the terms of his contract. 

Dr. Aquino’s appointment is effective August 18, 2018

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