Terry Dade

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Early this week, Rochester City School District board member Natalie Sheppard sent a plan to City Council and the Board of Education.

The plan’s goal is to make three changes that could re-establish the district’s credibility after its former Chief Financial Officer, Everton Sewell, told the board and city council that the district’s 2018-19 budget was balanced when it was actually $30 million in the red. That budget was approved by both the school board and City Council. 

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The Rochester City School District is grappling with a $30 million shortfall.

That estimate was revealed by District Superintendent Terry Dade in a Thursday afternoon news conference after district officials recently indicated that a year-end audit for the last school year found that the district was over-budget.

Office of Rep. Joe Morelle

Congressman Joe Morelle is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate “ongoing financial and operational troubles” of the Rochester City School District.

Morelle’s letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr comes after the district recently said that it found a discrepancy during a routine audit, and may have overspent its budget for the 2018-19 school year.

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Terry Dade, Rochester's new superintendent of schools, took office two-and-a-half weeks ago during a tumultuous time in the district.

Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she was first approached to take mayoral control of the Rochester City School District earlier this year.

The district has been under increased scrutiny from state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia because of its fiscal and management problems and its long history of poor graduation rates.

Warren would not say who approached her, but she did say she’d rather have experts run the district.

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Incoming Rochester City School Superintendent Terry Dade was back in Rochester this week for the first time since he was hired.

District spokesperson Carlos Garcia said Dade flew into the city on Tuesday and had back-to-back meetings with district leaders and other local groups since then. He’s expected to do the same on Thursday.

Terry Dade to be Rochester School District superintendent

May 14, 2019
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Rochester City School District officials have confirmed that the Board of Education has selected Terry Dade as the district's permanent superintendent.

According to the district, he will sign his contract at an upcoming board meeting and start July 1.