School district unveils strategic plan

ROCHESTER — The Rochester City School District’s recently released five-year strategic plan begins with the premise that every child can succeed.

Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard unveiled the plan, which was in the works for two years, at a community meeting at the Memorial Art Gallery on Dec. 21. The plan focuses on three core values: improving student achievement, distributing resources equitably based on needs of schools and students, and ensuring adults are held accountable for the success of all students, he stated.

According to the plan, goals included raising the current 52-percent graduation rate so students are prepared for college and work in a global environment, creating safe and nurturing learning environments, recruiting diverse and highly effective educators, using world-class standards and practices, and creating a culture where the district holds itself accountable for student success.

The strategic plan was developed with input from more than 1,300 staff members, students and community members, according to school officials. The plan calls for collaboration with parents, churches, businesses and other community groups as well as the Center for Governmental Research for external monitoring and progress measurement.

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