The Education Committee of the SW Common Council
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PDF of minutes: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2022-11-23 V3 .pdf
John Boutet SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271, email@example.com
Eleanor Coleman Rotary SW, CCFCS YouthBuild, 224-5119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Loomis Volunteer coordinator for School 10, email@example.com
NEXT MEETING: December 28, 2022
The SWCC’s Future Structure was Discussed, Including its Impact on our Education Committee
Currently SW Common Council (SWCC) is Co-Chaired by Karen Emerson and John Boutet.
Eleanor Coleman and Karen Emerson are arranging a meeting with Charles Reaves at NSC to talk about the SouthWest Quadrant meetings, how it compares to SWCC, and what SWCC will look like moving forward. Purpose is to learn more about each other, clarify our missions and determine how we might collaborate. Other attendees will be: John Boutet & Marian Boutet, John DeMott, John Curran.
The need to keep the SWCC in close contact with the NSC was discussed. We also agreed of the need to keep the SWCC independent from the NSC and other City and RCSD committees so we can champion issues that those institutions may oppose.
The need to get input from younger individuals was also discussed. We agreed requesting input from Asimi Coleman would be a good place to start.
In-School Sheltering and Uses for Closed Schools
In early November John found an interesting article about a School in San Francisco which let homeless students and their families sleep on site: How a Homeless Shelter in a School Paid Off in the Classroom. Student who participated in the program are improving scholastically.
Could we do that in Rochester? John contacted the RCSD Board and many District staff members as well as the Mayor and City Council, sending the article with questions of their impressions of the concept. In 2017 2,459 students were homeless at some time during the year.
RCSD Commisioner James Patterson responded: "Personally, I think it’s worth looking into."
City Council member Michael Patterson said "I think it’s a great idea but the RCSD would have to take the lead on the planning and implementation with support from it’s partners in government." City Council member Mitch Gruber said “Thanks for sending. Have you spoken to anyone about this at the school district?” We also heard back from the Mayor who agreed homelessness is a problem nationwide.
At a CET meeting Monday with School 19 and one Tuesday with School 10, John had a chance to request input from teachers and Principals.
Per School 19 Principal, they currently have 10 kids officially homeless (In Shelters); many more are “couch surfing” at a relative’s/friend's so the count is not really representative of what “In-School Sheltering” need could be.
Families can only spend a month in any given shelter and then you have to move on; School bus transportation system loses track of where the students are to pick them up. They miss many days of school every time they move.
The experience often traumatizes students; they show up tired and hungry most days they get to school..
Principal Eva Thomas from #10 sent contact information for individuals in the District to Contact.
* Director of The Homeless Program: Chrisandra L Mareus, Chrisandra.Mareus@RCSDK12.ORG
* Executive Director of Student Supports: Elizabeth Reyes, Elizabeth.Reyes@RCSDK12.ORG
* Families in Transition Program: ( FIT- Homeless Families) website for RCSD: https://www.rcsdk12.org/Page/50770
Heard back from Mitch Gruber Tuesday the 22nd asking we safeguard closed schools to use as low income housing. We also discussed using some closed schools for In-School Sheltering. For instance School 44 could be used for sheltering for homeless students and their families in the SW. This would have the benefit of not needing to break down sleeping quarters every day.
Mitch recommended that John B connect with Shelley Jallow @ RCSD.