Updated: November 18, 2020 10:11 PM
Created: November 17, 2020 09:53 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester City School District State Monitor Dr. Shelley Jallow has released drafts of her recommendations for the district, and the Rochester City School Board will hold a hearing on the reform reports Wednesday night.
Jallow was appointed as the monitor to help the district through its budget issues.
Her findings include that Many RCSD Board policies have not been reviewed or updated, including the criteria they use to judge the performance of the superintendent, and that the district is lacking in professional development.
Jallow's recommendations include new processes and protocol for the Board of Education, improving the district’s professional development plan.
In the classroom, she found issues like textbooks and as many as 58% and 68% of high school students missing 10% or more of enrolled attendance days, and 35% and 48% of elementary and middle school students.
Her recommendations include buying new textbooks and a new attendance system that includes grading, master scheduling, parent portal, behavior tracking, health, early warning, and graduation tracking.
Jallow also recommended a reduction in the number of teachers and reducing transportation costs by returning elementary students to neighborhood schools. She also found discrepancies in support and discipline in the district along racial lines.
Her recommendations include continuing to rebuild the Parent Advisory Council and examining discipline data to ensure fairness.
Jallow concludes, “The State Monitor believes that the children of RCSD deserve a school system that makes sure district leaders are good stewards of all district resources. These resources must be used to ensure that teachers are prepared to deliver curriculum and instruction that provides maximum opportunities for students to excel academically, in a learning environment respectful of inclusion and diversity. The district must examine how it has been using its resources and change course. This can be accomplished in earnest by putting children first and examining the five domains to break the patterns of behavior that have contributed to a pattern of failure.”
The school board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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