ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester City School District is heading back to the drawing board to determine which students go to which schools.
Currently, the district is split into three zones, and those zones determine which school students go to.
Dr. Shelley Jallow, who was appointed as the state monitor of the district last year, has tasked the district with re-evaluating whether this process is both equitable for students and financially responsible.
The district is working to get feedback from families. That includes a survey on the district's website, and upcoming public forums and focus groups.
It will then send recommendations to the board of education to vote on.
"We really want to hear from the community. If you had the opportunity to do this, and make the lines drawn, if any, to best provide access to the schools and the district to our students, what would you want? And we really do sincerely want feedback,” said Dr. Genelle Morris, RCSD deputy superintendent of teaching and learning.
Morris says families will still have a choice on which schools their children go to, and as of now, no recommendations have been made to eliminate any schools.
Regardless of what the BOE decides, changes would not go into effect until the 2022-2023 school year.
Rochester Teachers Association president Adam Urbanski responded to the district, saying “the Rochester City School District, through these forums, is paving the way to later justify the closing of schools in order to 'right size' the district. Not to be trusted.”