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What is new at school Wednesday Edition

Webster/Greece/Rochester, N.Y. - In Webster, kindergartners will see their teachers for more hours every day; students in Greece will meet a new resource officer; at one city school, students see changes to the building, but a familiar leader back at the helm.


In Webster, students at all seven elementary schools will attend a full-day of kindergarten for the first time. Teachers say the switch from a half to full-day program helps them get in more teaching time and offers a richer school experience.  

At Schlegel Road Elementary, Principal Francine Leggett said, Children will be able to go to specials, where they never had that opportunity [before]. By specials, I mean art, music and physical education. They [also] get to go to lunch, using their manners to order their food, sitting in the cafeteria."

At an orientation session, students get to meet their classmates and teacher--hopefully to ease any jitters.      


In Greece, there will be a new face in the crowd at the district's four high schools. Police Officer Marybeth Kowalski is Greece's new full-time school resource officer.

We're here to help them with their problems, Kowalski said. And to get in front of problems, whether it be fights, bullyinggroups fighting with other groups, whatever those problems are."

Kowalski will work alongside retired Greece Police Captain Steve Chatterton who is the district's new security director. Chatterton will oversee security measures across the district. Hell also act as a liaison between the schools and Greece Police.

"We've got over 11,000 students and two parents for every student, Chatterton said. So we've got 33,000 peopleto get in and out of your schools, not to mentions, siblings and relatives--so it's a big responsibility."

City of Rochester

In the City, a ribbon cutting ceremony at School 17 kicked off a new era for the Kindergarten -8 school. It's been renovated inside and out, doubling in size.

Ralph Spezio, who had retired in 2002, is back at the helm as principal of #17.

"In some sense I feel a little bit like Rip Van Winkle when it comes to the technology, he said. But I have a great team around me. I do!"

Students will have longer school days, and all students who walk to school will get a bus ride home.

The school will also serve as an adult education center. "We are the center of an urban village, Spezio said. We were that before, we're going to be that again. We are the beacon for our community; we're not the fortress on the hill."

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