Friday, January 25, 2013
In a unanimous decision Thursday evening, the board chose Dr. Robert Shaner to fill the district's top position.
A decision was finally reached Thursday evening in selecting a new superintendent for Rochester Community Schools. During a special meeting held by the Rochester Board of Education, Dr. Robert Shaner was chosen to fill the role. Shaner, current director of instruction and technology for Warren Consolidated Schools, was the only candidate up for the position after David Richards, superintendent of Fraser Public Schools, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday. The search has been underway to find a replacement for former Superintendent Fred Clarke, who resigned in September. According to school board President Beth Talbert, 26 individuals applied for the superintendent job posting last fall. The competition was narrowed down to …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
She thanks outgoing president Jennifer Berwick for 'remarkable leadership in a time of testing.'
In a unanimous vote, Beth Talbert was elected by her peers this week to serve as president of the Rochester Board of Education. The board held its annual election of officers Monday night. Lisa Nowak was elected vice-president; Pat Piskulich was elected secretary and Jennifer Berwick was elected treasurer. Talbert, who served the board as president in 2010, replaces Berwick in the president's seat. She thanked Berwick for her "remarkable leadership in a time of testing" last year. "2012 was a year we were really happy to close the books on in Rochester," Talbert said. "When Mrs. Berwick became president, I'm not certain she could have known that we would have all of our employee contracts up for negotiation, that we would privatize two key…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
He has a background in engineering and education.
Michael Zabat, an aerodynamics engineer and Stoney Creek High School dad, will be sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Rochester Board of Education. Zabat, a former engineering professor at the University of Southern California who works as a consultant in Troy, was appointed by board members Wednesday night. After more than four hours of interviews and deliberation, board members unanimously agreed that Zabat's background, education and outlook on school leadership would be a fitting complement to the board. "When I looked at the candidates I thought about who was least like the people at this table," said board Trustee Beth Talbert in stressing the improtance of diversity on the board. Zabat was one of five finalists for the …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
They will be interviewed again on Wednesday night.
Five finalists have advanced to a second round of interviews for one open seat on the Rochester Board of Education. The finalists are: The five finalists were chosen from a pool of 15 candidates, who were interviewed by board members Monday night. These finalists will be interviewed for a second time during a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday public meeting. Gerald Moore's resignation two weeks ago from the Rochester Board of Education left an opening on the board. Board members plan to fill the position by Dec. 10, just in time for interviews with potential superintendent candidates to begin. The appointed member will serve until the next school election, which will be November 2014; that elected board member will serve until the end of 2016. The …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Here are the names of the candidates, which the public is invited to meet on Monday night.
The public is invited on Monday to meet the 15 candidates who have applied for one open seat on the Rochester Board of Education. An informal meet-and-greet of candidates will be held at 6 p.m., before the board formally interviews the candidates during a public meeting. Candidate names were released Friday afternoon. They are: Gerald Moore's resignation last week from the Rochester Board of Education has left an opening on the board. Board members plan to fill the position by Dec. 10, just in time for interviews with potential superintendent candidates to begin. The appointed member will serve until the next school election, which will be November 2014; that elected board member will serve until the end of 2016. Community members are …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The board meets at 7 tonight at the school administration building.
Rochester Board of Education members will consider on Monday night a revision of the district's school employment policy.* Two policies — one for professional staff and one for support staff — are up for first readings during the board's 7 p.m. Monday meeting. The meeting at the School Administration Building is open to the public; a full agenda and copies of the policies can be downloaded here. Also on the Monday night agenda: Clarification: An earlier version of the story indicated the board would consider whether principals could supervise in-laws; that is not the case. Patch regrets the error.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
"We appreciate the hard work and recognize there's more work to do," School Board President Jennifer Berwick told a representative of the custodian management company this week.
Rochester Board of Education members listened this week to representatives of GCA Services Group as they detailed first-month report cards and future plans for the custodial services company. Last spring leaders of Rochester Schools approved the outsourcing of custodian and partial ground services to save the disctrict money. The school district's contract with GCA Services is for three years and is estimated to save the district $7 million. Each school principal is asked to fill out a nine-point evaluation of GCA services, GCA senior regional manager Patrick McDonough explained Monday night. The evaluation takes place monthly. The evaluation includes cleanliness of all areas of the school including the exterior and trash removal, as well…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Representatives from the private company hired to manage Rochester's transportation department addressed the recent arrest of a bus driver.
For more than 30 minutes Monday night, Rochester Board of Education members listened to representatives of Durham School Services as they detailed the transition from a school-managed to a privately-managed bus system this summer. Justin Grygiel and Colleen Mayes talked about the drivers that stayed, the new drivers that were hired and the process for training and checking the backgrounds of each and every one of them. After their presentation was finished, Board Member Pat Piskulich asked a question that many in the community have been expressing in light of the arrest Friday of a bus driver who was allegedly stealing clothes while on a route; police say it was her second arrest. "So which piece of your background check would you say …
The board meets at 7 in the school Administration Building.
An update on Rochester Community Schools' adoption of the national Common Core Standards is the subject of a Board of Education study session tonight. Also on the agenda: an update on Durham School Services, which took over the transportation services for the district this summer. This particular update comes three days after a bus driver was arrested for retail fraud while working; her bus was parked outside the store where incident occurred. (See "Rochester Bus Driver Arrested For Theft Before Pickup at High School.") Also on tonight's agenda: An update from Interim Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Board members will consider the 2012-13 school calendar and the hiring of new teachers.
The elected board that legislates Rochester Community Schools will meet at 7 tonight to discuss school business — including the long-awaited approval of the 2012-13 school calendar. But the school district's leader, Superintendent Fred Clarke, is scheduled to be interviewing at that same time for a new job across the state. Clarke indicated last week that he is looking for a new job. "My experience in Rochester has convinced me that my true passion lies in working to close the achievement gap in districts that are challenged in ways that Rochester is not," Clarke said in an email to Rochester parents. According to a posting on the Grant Public Schools website, Clarke is one of three candidates being interviewed for that district's …