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State Ed. Commissioner reacts to news that RCSD Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams is retiring

Caitlin Whyte
Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

After word came late Thursday night that Rochester School Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams will retire at the end of January, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released this statement to WXXI News on Friday:

"Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams accepted the great challenge to improve teaching and learning in Rochester and I thank her for her service and dedication to the students of the Rochester City School District. I wish her well as she starts her next chapter. The Department remains committed to partnering with the Rochester community to create a brighter future for Rochester’s students. Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino will continue to work with Superintendent Deane-Williams for the remainder of her tenure as well as the school board and district as it transitions to new leadership to ensure that the important work being done there continues to address fiscal, operational, and instructional challenges.”

Deane-Williams is expected to talk about her decision at a 4pm news conference on Friday. WXXI News will have coverage during All Things Considered and online at