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Proposal: Colleges run some RCSD schools
Rochester, N.Y. -- In a presentation to the Excellence in Student Achievement Committee, Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas proposed that by 2015, local colleges and universities could manage an unspecified number of RCSD schools.
An agreement between RCSD and a university would require state approval.
In the plan, the university would not be financially responsible.
They would receive state, federal and local money, and exercise all of the powers of superintendent.
This is our last chance to improve this district, said Vargas.
Some board members expressed concern in how this would be implemented.
Vargas said they have almost two years to figure that out, one of the reasons why he proposed the concept now.
I have been calling the community our families our teachers, central office to break away from business as usual and I think this is evidence that we are serious about doing whatever is within our mean to introduce some change, said Vargas.
Its a brilliant way to stop hemorrhaging, and increase quality of education in the city, said Van White, RCSD School Board Vice President.
Vargas also proposed a number of other ways to improve the district including revitalizing the districts career and technical education with the help of BOCESs, address student behavior, eliminate learning loss for young students, and ending the budget crisis.