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Terry Dade leaving RCSD, accepts job in Hudson Valley

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Updated: April 24, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: April 24, 2020 06:43 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Terry Dade's time with the Rochester City School District is winding down, and he already has a new job lined up.

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Board members with the Cornwall Central School District in the Hudson Valley voted Thursday night to confirm Dade's appointment as superintendent.

News10NBC has learned the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education helped Cornwall in its search for a new superintendent. The university issued a statement Friday, saying:

"We understand that the superintendent search assistance provided by the Warner School of Education to the Cornwall School District on its face looks like we may have undermined our commitment to Rochester, its educators, its residents, and most importantly its students and families, so we want to be clear that this is not the case and the result is entirely unintentional.

While the Center was responsible for the Cornwall Central School District search, University leaders and East EPO leaders were entirely unaware of the fact that Terry Dade had become a candidate. While unfortunate, it was a completely independent and confidential process." 

Two days ago, Dade announced he was looking to leave, that he had no idea when he came here that he would have to help dig the district out of an $87 million hole. He also complained that he didn't have the support of the school board.

On Thursday, Dade told principals who gathered to show their support that he had not made any decisions yet. Some local leaders and principals who came out on Thursday said they hoped he would stay.

Dade was appointed superintendent of the Rochester City School District last May, and he officially started in July. His contract with the district gives him a 90-day out. He starts his new job in July.  

The Rochester School Board issued the following statement on Dade's departure Friday morning:

"Much to our surprise, we learned yesterday from the media that Superintendent Terry Dade accepted another position. Please understand that your Board of Education’s commitment to our students, staff, and community remains steadfast. 

Going forward, our first priority is to recommend a budget to the Rochester City Council that best addresses our fiscal circumstances with a focus on the best educational opportunities for our children. At the same time, we are focused on the future leadership of the District and its stability as we look forward to our reopening for regular instruction. We are confident that the strength of our community, together with our commitment, will see us through the challenges currently facing us.

In closing, we wish to thank the many people who have worked so hard during this pandemic to ensure the health and safety of the entire Rochester Community, and particularly the students and parents of the District." 

Cornwall is in Orange County, New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. The district's website says it's in the top 16% of high schools in the country.

News10NBC continues tracking this developing story. Check back for updates.


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