Rochester City School District superintendent to retire Jan. 31

The superintendent of the Rochester City School District will step down from her position Jan. 31.

On Oct. 18, Barbara Deane-Williams notified the district’s school board of her retirement. In a statement, the superintendent said she will work to ensure a smooth transition and to support the recommendations of the Distinguished Educator appointed by New York State Department of Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia earlier this year.

“I remain committed to the district’s mission to provide a quality education that ensures our students graduate with the skills to be successful in a democratic society and the global economy,” she stated. “Our students offer unlimited promise and potential and have been a daily inspiration to me.”

School board member Beatriz LeBron said the board will select an interim and then conduct a search for the next superintendent.

“I am hoping and will be pushing for an open and transparent process,” she added.

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