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Rochester School Leaders: 'School Is Ready to Open Next Tuesday'

Sept. 4 will be here before you know it. Here's what you need to know.

Before Rochester Community Schools can officially open for learning next week, they need to receive a seal of approval from leaders in the school district.

That's why members of the administration and members of the Board of Education took turns personally touring every school building over the past few weeks. 

In the end, they declared them ready for business.

"Each year, we symbolically certify all buildings as ready to start," said Rochester's Assistant Superintendent for Business Dan Romzek. The tours finished Wednesday.

Romzek said the buildings are in great shape. Board members agreed.

"We're ready to open next Tuesday," Board President Jennifer Berwick said. 

What's new?

 School starts Tuesday. Students and parents will find several changes in Rochester this year. Among them:

  • Physical changes: There's a new roof at got new carpet. And a new playground will welcome pre-K students at . 
  • Curriculum changes: All-day kindergarten is the most-talked-about change this year: every elementary school has converted to the all-day format.
  • Private companies in charge: In the spring, school leaders agreed to . Durham School Services runs the busing. GCA is managing the custodians. Both companies were still hiring for the school year as of Monday.
  • New administrators: 
  1. Casey Wescott, a former social studies teacher at Adams High School, is the interim assistant principal at Rochester High School. 
  2. Donald Maskill, an assistant principal at , is the interim principal at . Maskill replaces Debi Fragomeni, who was named Pre-K through 7th Grade Curriculum Director for the district. 
  3. Wendy Darga, an intern assistant principal at , will serve as the interim assistant principal at West. 
  4. Eric Kausch, a teacher at Stoney Creek, has been appointed the Assistant Principal intern at Hart.
  5. Catherine Kochanski replaces longtime principal Denise Bereznoff at . 
  6. And David Harwell was named to the position of 8th Grade through Adult Education Curriculum Director.
  • New teachers: In all, about 60 new teachers will be among the new faces in the schools. .

What else?

  • Check out the .
  • Access kids' teachers and class schedules on MyRCS.com
  • And if your kids are planning their first-day-of-school outfits, the long-range forecast calls for a chance of showers with a high of 82.
Kristin Bull August 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for the clarification!
Kristin Bull August 30, 2012 at 05:46 PM
@KB: Thanks for sharing your concerns; perhaps the problems with the cleaning had been resolved prior to the inspections by school administrators. If the thefts you mention have been reported to police, there should be a police report we can look into. Regardless of the accusations about the schools not being clean, the teachers that I know personally would not let classes begin until their particular classroom met their cleanliness seal of approval - even if that cleaning had to be done by the teachers themselves.
Peter Griffin September 04, 2012 at 12:05 PM
KB sounds like a disgruntled displaced worker? I went to one of the RCS schools to meet the teachers and the school could not have been any cleaner. I think the gym floor was even coated with fresh polyurethane --- not a mark on the floor. All classrooms were dusted and smelled very clean. Even the bathrooms looked great. Not sure where KB gets their info from.
chris murray September 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Don't know KB but I also heard some of the things he is alluding to. My source was currently employed people in different buildings so I'm going to have to believe what they are saying. They have to many other things to deal with to make this stuff up.
KB September 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
NOT a disgruntled displaced worker, just someone who has extensive knowledge of the cleanliness of the buildings prior to this year. Glad to hear that the 1 building out of the 25 was up to YOUR standards but Rochester Administration that was put in place to oversee this change in workers did not pass the majority of the buildings for cleanliness this year. I am however happy to see that Rochester is continuing to pay more than 250,000. monthly without penalizing the new company for Numerous violations to the contract that are continuing to this day. Had this been the Union workers, they would have been penalized but the District wants this to work so bad, that they will NOT admit failure.

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