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Three high-performing school leaders return to RCSD

Updated: Wednesday, July 24 2013, 09:48 AM EDT

Rochester, N.Y. - Three former leaders of high-performing Rochester city schools will return to leadership roles in the district and will work to turn struggling schools around.

Ray Giamartino Jr., Ed.D., a former District School Chief and current Superintendent of the East Rochester School District, will serve as Chief of School Transformation. He will work to move priority schools from the state’s lowest 5 percent in student performance to schools in good standing.

Suzanne Johnston, longtime Principal of Wilson Magnet High School, who led it to become one of the nation’s top 100 schools, will return as an Outside Educational Expert. She will work closely with a new principal at her former school, now called Joseph P. Wilson Commencement Academy to supervise and help lead the school to become once again one of the top performing schools in the nation.

Ralph Spezio, Ed.D., who spent 12 years as principal of School No. 17, will resume leadership of the newly renovated school as Turnaround Executive Principal.  He will re-establish School 17 as a community school, and return it to high performance from its current Priority school status.

“All three of these leaders bring a track record of proven success in our schools, leavened by a fresh perspective from working outside the District in recent years,” Dr. Vargas said. “They are all-stars who will help restore their former schools to greatness and support our District-wide imperative to improve student achievement.”

The Board of Education approved Dr. Spezio’s appointment.

The board will vote on the Giamartino and Johnston appointments next month.

Three high-performing school leaders return to RCSD

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