The Education Committee of the SW Common Council

Wednesday, 5/24/23

6-7:30 pm at

For Zoom Link, Contact John Boutet @

PDF of Minutes: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2023-05-24.pdf


John Boutet                SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271,

Cynthia Butterworth  RCPE & Citizen Action, 615-5888,

Eleanor Coleman        CCFCS YouthBuild, Rotary SW, 224-5119,

Sylvia Cooksey           School 10 Acting Community Site Coordinator, 233-2612,     

Lee Loomis                 School #10 Volunteer Tutor, 738-3079,

Phyllis Moss                19th Ward Ed Chair, 451-1686,

Isaiah Santiago          School Board Candidate, 498-5594,

Welcome & Introductions

Quick update of School News

  • Isaiah Santiago who is running for RCSD School Board attended our meeting.

  • 6/14 and 6/22 are two school closing dates. Lots of exams and assessments happening right now for elementary and high school.

  • Teachers going to be trained in computer-based testing.

  • Summer school is focusing on enrichment as opposed to just bringing skills up.

  • Lots of changes expected at Central Office which would take place after July 1.

  • Lots of proms and celebrations happening now.

  • For Receivership Schools, they are filling out the required quarterly reports - determine if schools meeting the standards, metrics, etc.

  • We must assure the partner relationships go beyond just paper; do they really do something to enhance the schools?

  • Asset Mapping - identifying what is positive and what are the opportunities in the surrounding school area.

Local Busing - the latest

  • John Boutet gave a history of taking steps to stop the closing of School #16, including work with Ralph Spezio who had much success making School #17 a community school with wraparound services.

  • Our current progressive NYS Assembly and Senate reps interoduced 1/2 mile reimbersement last year but it did not get out of committee last year or this year.

  • Still do not have bussing reimbursement for less than 1.5 miles. Parents favor the safty of busing for their kids. This has hurt local enrolement and our neighborhoods.

  • Introduction of magnet schools has also reduced local attendance.

  • What is holding up the existing bill? Do we have data to support the position? Yes, RCSD did do a data study in 2012 to compare ½ mile 1.5 miles busing showing there would be a significant cost savings IF students chose the schools in their neighborhoods.

  • The 1/2 mile busing reimbursement bills that are stuck in committee, are: Assembly Bill 1276 and Senate Bill 4414 . Please read them and support them

Here are our great local progressive NYS Assembly and Senate Members we need to reelect in Nov. 2023:

Assembly Member Districts:

Harry Bronson - Assembly District 138 Map
Sarah Clark - Assembly District 136 Map
Jennifer Lunsford - Assembly District 135 Map
Demond Meeks Assembly District 137 Map

Senate Member Districts:

Samra Brouk - Senate District 55 Map - Contacts
Jeremy Cooney - Senate District 56 MapContacts

We must also prepare for RCSD Primaries June 27 - Get to Know the Candidates

  • For more information you can check:

  • Rochester Coalition for Public Education & MetroJustice are trying to set up a “meet the candidates” night. No information from RCSD on a candidates night.

  • Below are the folks running for School Board in the Democratic party and you get to pick 4.

Avoiding the Standardized Test Mentality

Implementing RASE Education CART recommendations - discussion of Institutional Racism impact on our schools and planned Meeting May 30th at 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Central Church of Christ (101 S. Plymouth Avenue)

  • Many issues being discussed (housing, transportation, education, etc) but some recommended items were not included (anti-racist education, need for minority teachers).

  • One of the problems is that racism is not understood or recognized by many.

Rochester Coalition for Public Education News (Minutes Index) Follow their index to see all their minutes.

  • They are working on hosting a candidates night ahead of the 6/27 elections.

Minutes from our last meeting: SWCC Education Committee Meeting on Zoom 2023-04-26

(Our Index to all our SWCC Ed. Com. Minutes)

If you would like to get the Zoom meeting link for the next meeting, please email John Boutet at or call phone number 328-4271.

Scribe Services: Eleanor Coleman, CCFCS YouthBuild & Rotary, 224-5119,

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