December 04, 2010

Rochester parents, educators to protest planned school closings

Source: NYSUT Communications

Rochester educators and parents are outraged by a proposal to close School No. 2 and School No. 6, two elementary schools that are showing significant improvements.

"We're very concerned and upset about it," said Margaret Sergent, second vice president of the Rochester Teachers Association. "These schools are in very high poverty, high needs neighborhoods. Parents are up in arms in both schools and they are in the process of mobilizing to petition the school district to keep their schools open."

Under the proposal, part of the district's School Modernization Plan, the schools would close at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Union leaders are concerned that the district may be trying to fast track the plan; the decision was made public at the end of November and board members are scheduled to vote on the proposal at their Dec. 16 meeting.

Hearing schedule

Three public information sessions will be held in Rochester regarding the Modernization Plan, which will impact multiple schools in the coming years.

  •  Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
     Wilson Foundation Academy
     200 Genesee St.
  •  Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
     Thomas Jefferson High School
     1 Edgerton Park
  •  Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
     Roberto Clemente School #8
     1180 St. Paul St.

Visit http://www.rochesterteachers.com/ for more information.