Rochester schools consider more privatizing

Facing a shortfall of nearly $11 million for the 2012-13 school year, Rochester Community Schools appears headed toward privatizing its transportation, custodial and high-school grounds services. Jason Grant, AFSCME chapter chair for 250 employees known as the Blue Group, said Monday night that the group submitted a proposal to the school district offering $800,000 in concessions. So far, he said, the district has not responded. “We were expecting a counterproposal,” Grant said. The two … [Read more...]

New school superintendent prepares to take reins

Frederick Clarke begins his tenure as Rochesterschool superintendent July 1. But he’s been spending the early part of his summer vacation getting ready for the job. Clarke was hired away from Albion Public Schools by unanimous vote of the Rochester Board of Education to replace Dave Pruneau, who is retiring. Clarke and his family have found a place to rent while they put their current house on the market.  Older son Freddy, 15, will be attending Stony Creek High School this fall. Younger son … [Read more...]