The Education Committee of the SW Common Council

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

6-7:10 pm

A PDF of this meeting can be found here: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2021-08-25.pdf

Video of this meeting is at:


Lila Alshehri            Nazareth college,

John Boutet                SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271,

Joe Fargnoli             Youth Leadership, 298-8582,

Lentory Johnson      Light the Way/Legacy Pk Sta, 749-3494,

Lee Loomis              School #10 Tutoring Team Volunteer,

Phyllis Moss            Parent & 19th Ward Ed Chair,

Moniek Silas-Lee     School #19 Principal, 328-7454,

Welcome & Introductions

School Reopening Update

  • In-person, mask required, social distancing, cohorts will eat lunch together (only time masks won’t be required).

Local Busing

  • Child Safety Zones might indicate where streets are not safe and might be a way to establish equity among students who want to attend their local schools but are concerned about safety. Mayor and her team produced a map showing the areas that fell into a Child Safety Zone category (not enough crosswalks, traffic issues, etc.). Shootings are not considered a reason for ensuring safe passage to school; it is considered a policing issue. Mayor met with Superintendent but we don’t have an update on that meeting.

  • John shared “Potential Child Safety Zones” map.

  • Have not yet broached new leadership with this concept.

Rochester Coalition for Public Education (RCPE)

  • John has posted meeting notes for Coalition; last ones posted 7/23. Location SW has a SW Education Forum that includes a minutes index for SW Education Committee, 19th Ward Committee, and RCPE.

  • Citizen Action group does a lot of lobbying and raises awareness on education issues. In general, it has been difficult to get people out to meetings.

  • Phyllis noted that she met with one of the principals; we need to mobilize volunteers who can help in the school. How can we help promote that concept?

  • Lentory hears this suggestion alot but there is also a need to take into consideration the pressures on parents and families; poor functioning of the school board; need to find ways to bring help to the traditional model. Need to connect children to what is important to them in their communities.

  • Talk before there is an issue that causes conflict; sometimes parents are only seen when a negative incident has occured. Teachers also seem to have a fear of the city; don’t have a connection to inner city.

  • Children shouldn’t have to adjust to adults who don’t understand the complexities of children who live in the city.

  • Even in private schools, parents of color can be treated with indifference.

  • Have observed that a lack of understanding and political views have an impact on how students are treated. Over 90% of children are of color, over 90% of teachers are white; therefore, cultural education should be a given.

  • Parents can “feel” the judgment.

  • PTO/PTA’s tend to have less teacher presence. School #19 has established a PTSA; have had one meeting - good participation from both staff and families.


  • Difficult to understand how all the education committees either in the SouthWest or impacting the SouthWest fit and work together.

  • Who are our parents (how many teenage mothers, how many single parents raising their children, how many grandparents are raising their children, etc.)?

    • Location SW notes that 65% of 19th Ward parents send children to private school; not sure what is considered a “private school” - homeschool, private, charter? Alarming statistic. (Need to check where in that 65% was found.)

  • Joe Fargnoli offered to help John with revitalizing SWCC.

    • John explained breakdown of the various neighborhood organizations that have historically been part of SWCC

    • 19th Ward Community Association well established and well organized. Respected by the City, which is helpful. NSC’s new Director, John McMahon, has also been very supportive in the past and we anticipate he will continue to support us.

Scribe Services: Eleanor Coleman, CFC YouthBuild & Rotary, 224 -5119, . This month the notes were transcribed from the video.

SWCC Education Committee Chair, John Boutet, 328-4271,

Views: 59

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

© 2021   Created by John Boutet.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service