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RCSD cuts 2 deputy superintendent positions in reorganization move

Nov 16, 2019

The Rochester City School District has cut two Deputy Superintendent positions as part of an overall reorganization and budget-cutting plan.

An email was sent out by Superintendent Terry Dade on Friday, letting district staff know that Cecilia Griffen Golden and Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller were being let go.

Dade’s email said that when he arrived in Rochester in July, he told staff  “what an opportunity we have in front of us to make tremendous things happen for the students that we have the honor and privilege to serve each and every day. That still holds true today.” Dade also said that, “We must act now to right-size our District, and this is the start of my restructuring of Central Office. We have already begun working on a transition plan and will follow up in the near future with more information.”

The city school district is grappling with a $30 million dollar unexpected shortfall in the previous school year; and this past week, Dade announced a plan to cut 5% of staff to help make sure an additional budget gap doesn’t occur again in the current school year.

Even with the budget cuts he proposed to the school board’s finance committee, additional state aid may be needed to end the current school year with a balanced budget.