cynthia elliott

James Brown

The Rochester City School Board adopted a budget Thursday night for the upcoming school year. The plan was designed to bridge an $87 million budget gap. It passed by a 6-1 vote with Commissioner Beatriz LeBron voting no. 

The plan cuts more than 300 teaching and staffing positions, and closes five elementary schools. One of those school will be converted into a Pre-K center and another into a middle school, among numerous other changes.

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The Rochester Board of Education has voted in favor of Superintendent Terry Dade’s proposal to revamp the City School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program

After a spirited debate Thursday night, commissioners Ricardo Adams, Willa Powell, Natalie Sheppard, Amy Maloy and Board President Van White voted for the proposal. Beatriz LeBron and Cynthia Elliott voted against it.

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Rochester schools Superintendent Terry Dade wants to reconfigure parts of the district. That would include creating two new prekindergarten programs. 

Dade said that 3 out of 4 kids who go to the district’s pre-K program stay in the district, but only half of the students in community-based pre-Ks stay. Many of those kids leave for charter schools, which the district pays for, or private institutions, said Dade.