In response to.....statement “(I)well intentioned but don't have the strength and insight necessary for the board." I would like to share more information about my work experience and community involvement. I have been in Management for 17 years, and have worked as a senior level manager for 4 years. As a senior level manager, I have to ensure that we are in compliance in all fiscal areas (budget, taxes, payroll…etc.). I work with a diverse and growing workforce, and I serve the members of the community who patronize our establishments.
In addition to my work in management, I have also served as a parent representative of the Rochester City School District's Audit Committee, where we assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for audit, internal control, and financial reporting processes. I am also the only person running in this election who has served on a board of directors for a successful education establishment (Geneses Community Charter School). I, reluctantly, did not seek reelection due to my desire to run for the Rochester City School Board. I felt that I would not be able to give my all while campaigning and working a full time job.
Also, as a parent advocate, who has worked with many of the children and parents of the Rochester City School District whom the Parent Advisory Council, the Office of Parent Engagement, and many school board members have neglected, I have a complete understanding of the issues that our district is facing and a solution-based platform to address these problems.
As a result of all of my experiences, I have interacted with every level employee of the Rochester City School District up to and including Dr. Vargas. I have offered viable solutions to address the many complex issues that our district is currently facing. We have low morale (from parents, students, teachers, building administrators and central office) due to an inept leadership, a lack of student achievement, and a lack of parent engagement.
This is a board that has continuously approved budgets that are flawed and misappropriated. Currently, we are $50.8 million in debt, which would be unacceptable in any other school district but ours. We have numerous administrators that are making over $100,000 a year and our results are the worst in the country. While the leadership in the Rochester City School District is looking to finance the employment of “high end-level” administrators, it is taking away the valuable supports that are needed for our children to be successful (such as teachers who specialize in Reading, Writing, Math, & Technology, as well as special education and social/emotional staff).
I do not see any media outlets truly focusing on the major issues that directly affect our children. So, as a result, I will.
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