Statement from Commissioner Natalie Sheppard in regards to meeting with NYS’s Commissioner MaryEllen Elia & Chancellor Betty Rosa on April 3, 2018


ROCHESTER, New York –  April 4, 2018

State Education Law 211-c {Board of Regents’ regulation 100.17} requires that our district accept the appointment of a distinguished educator. The decision has already been publicized that Dr. Kenneth Eastwood will become district Personnel. So, I feel it is the wisest choice for me, adhering to my role as a Commissioner, to respond within the legal parameters as if he were already on District payroll even though he has not officially started yet.

With that being said, I can assure you all that even when the community at large is not physically present in a meeting that I make sure your voice is heard. This includes concerns, decision reservations, goals, and overall hope of the future.

I can affirm NY State Commissioner Elia’s remarks that our meeting was cordial and constructive.

At about the 3 month mark, Dr. Eastwood will provide a report with district insight and recommendations. We, as a community, should then informally evaluate the outcomes of this decision.

I will give updates as the date draws near for us to “pull out our magnifying glasses” and review the findings. I’m going to keep hope alive that, at the very least, the community’s long standing request for inclusion, support, and implementation enforcement is underscored. I look forward to more vigorous and IMMEDIATE COLLECTIVE ACTION!

 

 

Until the next time they give me the mic,

 

Commissioner Sheppard

A Call to Action for the School Board and the Rochester Community


ROCHESTER, New York – March 30, 2018

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, Commissioner Sheppard took the bold step of addressing the community and the board in an unprecedented move called taking a point of personal privilege. It should be noted that in the entire existence of the School Board, no commissioner has ever taken a point of personal privilege.

During this passionate speech she spoke to both her fellow commissioners and the community at large. Commissioner Sheppard started out by quoting the late, great Fannie Lou Hamer (1917 – 1977): “When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don’t speak out ain’t nobody going to speak out for you.” And with that, she continued to elaborate on the frustrations with many of the backroom talks that did not coincide with public talks and actions. Commissioner Sheppard demanded the board to stand in its authority and “stand firm in their role above any political gain” and that the staff of the RCSD respect the authority of the board.

She addressed the “elephant in the room” with the New York State Department of Education appointment of Kenneth Eastwood as “Distinguished Educator” and ex officio board member by State Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. But most importantly, Commissioner Sheppard rallied the community to come together and use its collective power for the betterment of the students within the community. Her message was a rallying call for unity between the RCSD, RCSD School Board, and the community of Rochester because at the end of the day, it’s the students of the Rochester City School District that matter most.

 

Thanks to Justin Murphy from the Rochester D&C for the camera footage

 

“No one can use my passion as leverage to silence me”

Resolution No. 2017-18: 635


By Member of the Board Commissioner LeBron

Whereas, by Resolution No. 2017-18: 488, adopted on December 21, 2017, the Board: approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to close Kodak Park School No. 41 (currently located at 279 West Ridge Road), effective at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year; resolved that the 279 West Ridge Road facility shall continue to be used for educational purposes; authorized and directed the submission of appropriate documents to request permission from the State Education Department to register a new elementary school commencing in the 2018-2019 school year; and directed the Superintendent to submit, recommendations for the new school, including the grade configuration, location and requirements of “Naming of School Facilities Policy 7500”; and

Whereas, on February 27, 2018, the Superintendent presented recommendations for the new school; and

Whereas, March 1, 2018, is the deadline to submit an application to the State Education Department for a new school to commence in the 2018-2019 school year; therefore be it

Resolved, that Board hereby approves the Superintendent’s recommendation for the new elementary school to serve students in Grades Pre-kindergarten – 6, commencing in the 2018-2019 school year, to be located at 279 West Ridge Road; and be it further

Resolved, that the Superintendent be authorized and directed to proceed with the filing of the plan in connection with aforesaid request to the State Education Department.

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Powell
Adopted 4-0 with Commissioner Elliott, Commissioner Funchess, and Commissioner Hallmark absent

Resolution No. 2017-18: 602


By Member of the Board Commissioner LeBron

Resolved, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, payment for additional service be, and it hereby is, authorized for the following named persons, to be paid in accordance with the terms stated during the date(s) specified. Such payment is contingent upon the successful completion of assigned task(s) and the delivery of work product(s) deemed to be satisfactory by the Principal/Director and Division Chief. Subject to the said dates, maximum hours and pay rates specified below, the Board authorizes the Administration to make changes in the personnel providing these services, if necessary, in order to carry out the intent of this resolution.

Division Chief: Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller
Principal/Director: Lisa Whitlow
Spending: $9,928.
Funding: School Improvement Grant
Budget Code: 5124-F-14110-2020-0844 (Administrator)
5124-F-14110-2110-0844 (Teacher)
Description: February Recess Enrichment Camp
Justification: As a direct service to students, staff will provide instruction for students in Grades 3 – 6 during February recess. The focus will be on providing students with additional targeted practice in ELA and Math skills and strategies related to the standards at their grade level.
Deliverable(s): (none)
Schedule: Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Strategic Plan: Goal 1; Objective: E

NAME DATE(S) TO BE WORKED REGULARLY ASSIGNED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT & POSITION HOURS PAY RATE
Lee, Tiffany 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 15 hrs. 1/220th
Zwahlen, Christian 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 15 hrs. 1/220th
Dearring, Cassandra 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 Wilson – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Hayward, Raymond 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Kovac, Carolyn 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Lennertz, Lindsay 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Moore, Kalinda 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Pritchard, Brittany 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Schultz, Denise 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Smith, Christopher 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.
Starr, Karen 2/20/18 – 2/22/18 #41 – Teacher 15 hrs. $41/hr.

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Funchess
Adopted 6-1 with Commissioner Elliott dissenting

Resolution No. 2017-18: 605


By Member of the Board Commissioner LeBron

Resolved, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, payment for additional service be, and it hereby is, authorized for the following named persons, to be paid in accordance with the terms stated during the date(s) specified. Such payment is contingent upon the successful completion of assigned task(s) and the delivery of work product(s) deemed to be satisfactory by the Principal/Director and Division Chief. Subject to the said dates, maximum hours and pay rates specified below, the Board authorizes the Administration to make changes in the personnel providing these services, if necessary, in order to carry out the intent of this resolution.

 

Division Chief: Toyia Wilson
Principal/Director: Uma Mehta
Spending: $8,136.
Funding: Smart Scholars
Budget Code: 5132-F-29105-2110-0589 (Teachers)
5132-F-29105-2020-0589 (Administrator)
Description: Regents Tutoring
Justification: This program is a direct service to students. Saturday Regents Prep tutoring program is aimed on Common Core implementation for struggling students in grades 9th – 12th. In addition, this will allow under-credited students an opportunity to earn credits while catching up with Learning Recovery.
Deliverable(s): None
Schedule: Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Strategic Plan: Goal: 1; Objective: E

NAME DATE(S) TO BE WORKED REGULARLY ASSIGNED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT & POSITION HOURS PAY RATE
Bailey, June 3/03/18 – 4/28/18 RECIHS – Assistant Principal 20 hrs. 1/220th
Mehta, Uma 3/03/18 – 4/28/18 RECIHS – Principal 15 hrs. 1/260th
Durnion, Ellery 3/03/18 – 4/28/18 RECIHS – Teacher 28 hrs. $41/hr.
Englert, Lisa 3/03/18 – 4/28/18 RECIHS – Teacher 28 hrs. $41/hr.
Kester, Nathan 3/03/18 – 4/28/18 RECIHS – Teacher 28 hrs. $41/hr.
Sweeney, Michael 3/03/18 – 4/28/18 RECIHS – Teacher 28 hrs. $41/hr.

 

Division Chief: Toyia Wilson
Principal/Director: Uma Mehta
Spending: $ 4,264.
Funding: Smart Scholars
Budget Code: 5132-F-29105-2110-0589
Description: Learning Recovery
Justification: As a direct service to students, teachers at Rochester Early College will provide Learning Recovery. Teachers will provide individualized support after school giving students the opportunity recoup unearned credits.
Deliverable(s): None
Schedule: Monday – Friday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Strategic Plan: Goal: 1; Objective: E

NAME DATE(S) TO BE WORKED REGULARLY ASSIGNED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT & POSITION HOURS PAY RATE
David, Nancy 3/05/18 – 6/11/18 RECIHS – Teacher 26 hrs. $41/hr.
Elliott, Thomas 3/05/18 – 6/11/18 RECIHS – Teacher 26 hrs. $41/hr.
Hardaway, Karen 3/05/18 – 6/11/18 RECIHS – Teacher 26 hrs. $41/hr.

 

Division Chief: Toyia Wilson
Principal/Director: Uma Mehta
Spending: $ 2,132.
Funding: Smart Scholars Grant
Budget Code: 5132-F-29105-2110-0589
Description: Student Graduation Support
Justification: As a direct service to students, teachers will provide academic supports to seniors at risk of not meeting graduation requirements. Supports include: regents review, finalizing online credit recovery and learning recovery.
Deliverable(s): None
Schedule: Monday – Friday 10:15 – 11:15 am
Strategic Plan: Goal: 1; Objective: E

NAME DATE(S) TO BE WORKED REGULARLY ASSIGNED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT & POSITION HOURS PAY RATE
Finewood, Deanne 2/26/18 – 6/21/18 RECIHS – Teacher 26 hrs. $41/hr.
Hanselman, Duane 2/26/18 – 6/21/18 RECIHS – Teacher 26 hrs. $41/hr.

 

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Funchess
Adopted 6-1 with Commissioner Elliott dissenting

Resolution No. 2017-18: 622


By Member of the Board Commissioner Elliott

Whereas, the District presently leases portions of the facilities located at 30 Hart Street, from Landsman Development Corporation; and

Whereas, the District wishes to enter into an additional Lease Agreement with Landsman Development Corporation, for the lease of an additional portion of the facilities located at 30 Hart Street; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Superintendent, or designee, be, and hereby is, authorized to enter into a Lease Agreement with Landsman Development Corporation, 3 Townline Circle, Rochester, NY, to lease approximately 8,737 square feet of the four story building located at 30 Hart Street, Rochester, NY, (commonly known as the Family Learning Center), for the period March 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as the Agreement is fully executed, through June 30, 2022, for a rental rate not to exceed Four Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty Two Dollars Fifty Four Cents ($4,732.54) per month, plus all additional charges under the Lease Agreement, including but not limited to Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charges, property taxes, utilities and repairs, for a sum not to exceed One Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Nine Dollars Seventy Five Cents ($1,479.75) per month, funded by the Department of Educational Facilities, contingent upon budget appropriations and contingent upon the form and terms of the Agreement being approved by Counsel to the District.

Strategic Goal: 4; Objective: F
Justification: Oversee the renovation/replacement/reuse/parental choice of facilities to better meet student needs.

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Hallmark
Adopted 6-1 with Commissioner Sheppard dissenting

Resolution No. 2017-18: 617


Day Care Policy – 4324.1

By Member of the Board Commissioner Elliott

WHEREAS, the Board of Education adopted the Day Care policy (4324.1) in 1998 to support the needs of pregnant and parenting students at a time when teen pregnancy rates in Rochester were among the highest in New York State;

WHEREAS, teen pregnancy rates and the number of parenting students in the Rochester City School District has steadily diminished over the last 19 years since the adoption of the Day Care policy;

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes that quality child care is essential in promoting development and readiness for school, and in enabling parenting students to focus on their studies and continue their education;

WHEREAS, a recent survey of expectant and parenting students in the District regarding child care needs indicated that these students have a greater need for financial support and flexibility in selecting a child care provider than in having child care/day care provided in the school they attend;

WHEREAS, the Board will support parenting students by pursuing more flexible child care options to better meet these students’ needs, such as collaborative partnerships with child care agencies, use of community school funding to support child care for parenting students, increased funding for County child care subsidies and priority in allocating these subsidies to parenting students; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby rescinds Policy 4324.1, “Day Care” as written, and directs that the Clerk update the Rochester City School Board Policy Manual accordingly.

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Hallmark
Adopted 6-1 with Commissioner Sheppard dissenting

Resolution No. 2017-18: 632


By Member of the Board Commissioner Elliott

Whereas, the Board has been notified that Thomson Reuters has donated colored paper valued at Four Hundred Ninety-Nine Dollars ($499) to be used by students of Clara Barton School No. 2, Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3, George Mathers Forbes School No. 4, John William School No. 5, Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7, Roberto Clemente School No. 8, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10, The Rochester Children’s School No. 15, and Henry Lomb School No. 20, and

Whereas, the District is indeed grateful for the concern and support shown by individuals and organizations in the community, therefore be it

Resolved, that the Board hereby accepts this donation.

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Hallmark
Adopted 7-0

Resolution No. 2017-18: 562


Motion to amend Resolution No. 2017-18: 562 to read as follows: “Resolved, that the Board endorses, and encourages teachers all staff members to participate in, A Day of Understanding to Affirm that Black Lives Matter at School, to be held on Friday, February 16, 2018.” Motion carries 6-0 with Commissioner Evans absent.

Resolution No. 2017-18: 562

By Member of the Board Commissioner Hallmark

Whereas, in response to both currently and historically disparate treatment of African Americans, a nationwide movement has arisen to assert that Black Lives Matter; and

Whereas, in support of that movement, a local group of parents and teachers has come together to proclaim a day of action, affirmation, and solidarity, to be called “Black Lives Matter At School,” as outlined in the attached memorandum; and

Whereas, the purpose of that day, and of the subsequent activity it is hoped the day will inspire, will be to explore and grapple with the past, present, and future status of Black lives in our society, and to affirm that status as equal to, and not secondary to, the lives of others; and

Whereas, schools should be places for the practice of equity, for the building of understanding, and for the active engagement of all in creating pathways to freedom and justice for all people; and

Whereas, numerous and diverse community groups wish to support this day of education, reflection, dialogue, and action in order to engage educational communities throughout Monroe County in activities that support the understandings and affirmations that underlie the Black Lives Matter movement; and

Whereas, the Board of Education of the Rochester City School District seeks to address institutionalized racism in our schools and to offer spaces for dialogue among school staff by supporting and facilitating professional development work related to race and other challenging topics; now therefore be it.

Resolved, that the Board endorses, and encourages all staff members to participate in, A Day of Understanding to Affirm that Black Lives Matter at School, to be held on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Adams
Adopted 6-0 with Commissioner Evans absent

Resolution No. 2017-18: 541


By Member of the Board Commissioner Adams

Resolved, that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, payment for additional service be, and it hereby is, authorized for the following named persons, to be paid in accordance with the terms stated during the date(s) specified. Such payment is contingent upon the successful completion of assigned task(s) and the delivery of work product(s) deemed to be satisfactory by the Principal/Director and Division Chief. Subject to the said dates, maximum hours and pay rates specified below, the Board authorizes the Administration to make changes in the personnel providing these services, if necessary, in order to carry out the intent of this resolution

Division Chief: Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller
Principal/Director: Lisa Whitlow
Spending: $8,760.
Funding: School Improvement Grant
Budget Code: 5152-F-14102-2070-0844
Description: Professional Development
Justification: As an indirect services to students, teachers and administrators will attend professional development provided by the International Institute on Restorative Practices to engage in content that will support the engagement and empowerment of parents and families.
True North Logic Course Title: SCH41_IIRP Family Empowerment and
Engagement; Course Code: 21921
Deliverable(s): (none)
Schedule: Saturday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

NAME DATE(S) TO BE WORKED REGULARLY ASSIGNED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT & POSITION HOURS PAY RATE
Bailey, June 1/27/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 6 hrs. $40/hr.
Tata, Amy 1/27/18 #41 – ELRC 6 hrs. $40/hr.
Whitlow, Lisa 1/27/18 #41 – Principal 6 hrs. $40/hr.
Yarlett-Fenti, Kathryn 1/27/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 6 hrs. $40/hr.
Zwahlen, Christian 1/27/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 6 hrs. $40/hr.
Arslancil, Seyda 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Balme, Lisa 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Bannister, Fatima 1/27/18 #41 – Social Worker 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Calvin, Stacy 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Catalino, Regina 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Cordeiro, Stefanie 1/27/18 #41 -Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Curatalo, Joanne 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Disanto, Mindy 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Eckert, Amanda 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Fazio, Ann 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Fazio, Irene 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Fenner, Amy 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Flanagan, Kelsey 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Haak, Karen 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Kovac, Carolyn 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Lennertz, Lindsay 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Marshall-Davidson, Courtney 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Miller, Stephanie 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Moore, Kalinda 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Mosier, Jennifer 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Palmer, Michelle 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Pollock, Jennifer 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Popchoke, Leslie 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Poulos, Stephanie 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Pritchard, Brittany 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Rife, Melissa 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Rumph, Simia 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Schmidt, Donna 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Schultz, Margaret 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Sherman, Meghan 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Smith, Christopher 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Starr, Karen 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Underwood, Michelle 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
VanAlstyne, Rebecca 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Yarwood, Karly 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.

 

Division Chief: Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller
Principal/Director: Lisa Whitlow
Spending: $1,845.
Funding: School Improvement Grant
Budget Code: 5152-F-14102-2070-0844
Description: Professional Development
Justification: As an indirect service to students, staff will attend professional development provided by Coordinated Care Services Inc. to develop an understanding of the foundations of trauma responsiveness as a model for addressing social emotional needs.
True North Logic Course Title: SCH41_Trauma 101: Overview Training; Course Code: 21919
Deliverable(s): (none)
Schedule: Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Strategic Plan: Goal: 1; Objective: F

NAME DATE(S) TO BE WORKED REGULARLY ASSIGNED SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT & POSITION HOURS PAY RATE
Lee, Tiffany 2/3/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 3 hrs. $40/hr.
Tata, Amy 1/27/18 #41 – ELRC 3hrs. $40/hr.
Whitlow, Lisa 1/27/18 #41 – Principal 3 hrs. $40/hr.
Zwahlen, Christian 1/27/18 #41 – Assistant Principal 3 hrs. $40/hr.
Arslancil, Seyda 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Balme, Lisa 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Bernanrd, Andrea 1/27/18 #41 – Social Worker 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Deragon, Laura 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Greer, LeRoy 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Haak, Karen 1/27/18 #41 -Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Loewke, Jennifer 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Marshall-Davidson, Courtney 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Miller, Stephanie 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Palmer, Michelle 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Popchoke, Leslie 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 3 hrs. $35/hr.
Rife, Melissa 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Sherman, Meghan 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.
Sherman, Meghan 1/27/18 #41 – Teacher 6 hrs. $35/hr.

 

Seconded by Member of the Board Commissioner Hallmark
Adopted 6-0 with Commissioner Evans absent