Minutes of the November 13th meeting of

The 19th Ward Community Association Schools Committee

Attendees: John Boutet, John Laing, Deb Leary, Dan Ross, Jay Ross, Sarah Yaworski

Review of Action Items

  • Generate a list of retired teachers/administrators in the ward and contact them – Dan Ross, in process
  • Find a volunteer to run the spelling bee – John Laing and Khalid Hajj from Sigma Epsilon Phi fraternity are doing so far
  • Set up a meeting with the RPH director, Matt Laniak and Jon Shull to determine next steps – John Boutet Jon Shull is working with school 17 and we’ll wait for that trial to be completed
  • Check with McQuaid for potential volunteers – Mark Sweetland via John Boutet

Status of Spelling Bee

Although we are behind the process in previous years, the plan is coming together. Khalid Hajj from the U of R fraternity has met with John Laing and a tentative date of Saturday, April 26 has been set for the finals. A decision was made to have grades 3-7 from schools 10, 16, 19, 29 and 44 so that all 19th ward schools are included and school 19 is grandfathered. Practice sessions will be held at the Arnett library starting January 18th and will alternate between the fraternity and 19th ward volunteers participating with the first session with the fraternity. The schools have been contacted and have the word lists and rules for the contest. Deb Leary requested a copy of the word lists as well. Most of the expenses will be borne by the fraternity and U of R.

Recruitment of Volunteers

We have become a partner of FREE (FRiends of Educational Excellence) and will be covered under their MOA with RCSD. The MOA has still not been approved by RCSD. John Boutet has reached out to the pastor New Life Fellowship for volunteers. There was discussion on how to deal with ineffective volunteers. There is a screening process from FREE but this may not be sufficient

Plan for the 19th Ward Convention

We will have a table to talk to folks about the schools and solicit volunteers. In addition it was suggested that we bring information on the FMP and other issues to communicate to the neighborhood. John Laing was to bring the materials.

Feedback from Grad Nation – Dan Ross

The Grad Nation event was held October 30th at the Convention Center and included about 300 movers and shakers. The focus of the morning was on improving the performance of the city schools, in particular on improving 3rd grade reading as at that point reading becomes key to learning. The Raleigh school district was cited as an example of what can be done. We expect that more will come from this in the next few months.

Discussion of Drug Free Zone

We debated the proposal for drug free zones and could not reach a consensus.  There was acknowledgement of the difficulty in cleaning up  drug dealing  but this was tempered by a concern that youths would be placed into the justice system and never escape.  We encourage delegates’ council to ask Adam for more clarification of how it would work.

New Business

John Boutet had attended the open house by the state senator and raised the proposal to decrease the busing distance to ½ mile. The senator seemed responsive.

The Flint St recreation center is adjacent to school 19, and provides a model for school/community resource sharing for after school care. We should keep this in mind as the plans are developed for school 16 and 10 renovations.

John Laing reported that Superintendent Vargas stated that the overall enrollment in city schools increased this year due to a larger number of immigrants than anticipated.

Next Meeting tentatively Wednesday, December 11th at 7 pm in the 19th ward association office. Other wise January 8th.

Minutes submitted by John Laing

Views: 8

SW Merchants

Information Links

These links plus others can also be found under the Links tab.


19th Ward Community Association
Rochester City Living



To report animal cruelty, call 911 or  THE ANIMAL CRUELTY HOTLINE: (585) 223-6500

City of Rochester Low-income Spay/Neuter for pet Dogs and Cats

Rochester Community Animal Clinic - low-income spay/neuter for pet dogs and cats, and feral cats

PAWS, Inc.Providing Animal Welfare Services

City of Rochester Adopt a Dog or Cat

Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County 




City of Rochester Property Information

Rochester City Living

Trulia Listed Homes For Sale

UR Home Ownership Program

Zillow listed homes for sale


Arnett Public Library

Brooks Landing

City of Rochester 

John Lightfoot, Monroe County Legislator,District 25

Loretta Scott, City Council President, At Large

LaShay D. Harris, South District

Genesee Valley Park

Metro Justice

RGRTA Bus Information

Minority Reporter

SouthWest Tribune

Rochester Green Living


Sector 4 Comm. Developmant Corp

Savor Life Radio Show

Teen Empowerment

WDKX Urban contemporary 103.9 FM

WRUR 88.5 UR and WXXI partnership  88.5 FM

Southwest Family YMCA

UR Gov. & Community Relations


Rochester Prep Charter School

U.S. Dept. of Education



St. Monica Church


El Latino Restaurant
D and L Groceries
Hand Crafted Wrought Iron
Jim Dalberth Sports
Menezes Pizza
TOPS Friendly Markets
Staybridge Suites


Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning (CPLP)

Dealing with Lead
Drug Activity
Healthy Blocks
HEAP NY Home Heating Assistant
Home Safety Tips    LifeTimesAdultDay Health Care
NeighborWorks Rochester
Parking / Abandoned Vehicles
2-1-1 Social Services
ACT Rochester


Genesee Co-op FCU

3/50 Project

South Wedge Ning

© 2024   Created by John Boutet.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service