Return to School Road Map Update

State Progress On June 17, Governor Whitmer announced that schools may resume in-person learning in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict safety measures in place. On June 30, the state will release “Michigan’s Return to School Road Map” with detailed requirements for schools. Dr. Robert Shaner is one of 25 leaders appointed to the governor’s Return to School Advisory Council, providing input on this reopening plan. Rochester Community Schools (RCS) has already confirmed … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Adopts 1-to-1 Technology Model

In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, Rochester Community Schools (RCS) is pleased to announce its movement to a 1-to-1 technology model, providing more than 15,000 students with access to a device. This 1:1 technology integration ensures that the district’s commitment to providing academic excellence will continue, no matter the scenario presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The timeline for the deployment of the devices will depend on the availability of equipment. “In every model of … [Read more...]

Hope Comes from a Community of Caring

Rochester Community Schools Commits to Social-Emotional Wellness In just one year’s time, Rochester Community Schools (RCS) has made great strides to care for the social-emotional health and well-being of its students and staff. By partnering with the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, the district is focused on building a culture that increases compassion, accountability, equity and belonging for all. Rochester Community Schools is currently the only Michigan school district … [Read more...]

Rochester Community School District Dr. Robert Shaner 2020 Michigan Superintendent of the Year

The Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) announced that Rochester Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Shaner, has earned the award of 2020 Michigan Superintendent of the Year. “Dr. Shaner has proved himself to be an impeccable leader for Rochester Community Schools and I am honored to give him the award of Michigan Superintendent of the Year,” said MASA Executive Director Chris Wigent. “With a focus on bridging the diversity, equity, and inclusion … [Read more...]

Fourteen-Year-Old West Middle School Student Writes ‘Kill List for Future’ is Suspended

Wednesday, December 4, Rochester Community Schools Incident Report A Deputy who is assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) was contacted by a school administrator from West Middle School, which is in the 500 block of Old Perch Rd, regarding a threat made by one of their students. A 14-year-old student had written a “Kill List for Future” and was observed adding five (5) names of students while in the classroom. Several students witnessed the student making this list and notified their … [Read more...]

Voters Approve Millage Proposal in Rochester Community Schools

Voters residing within the boundaries of Rochester Community Schools (RCS) overwhelmingly elected to approve a building and site sinking fund. This investment in the school district will generate approximately $7.8 million per year for 10 years to repair, replace, or buy new facility and infrastructure items, enhance security, and upgrade technology. “It is an honor to work among community members who place such a high value on education and are willing to invest in our students’ future,” … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools and Rochester Education Association Reach Agreement

The Board of Education of the Rochester Community Schools proudly approved the tentative agreement between the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education and the Rochester Education Association at Tuesday’s Board meeting. “We believe that we have reached an agreement that is the culmination of collaborative efforts to recognize and acknowledge the loving, caring, and highly skilled educators that teach and work with our students every day,” said Chief Human Resource Officer Elizabeth … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Announces Scott Muska as New Board Member

Scott Muska was unanimously selected by the Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District to fill the vacant trustee position during the July 15 board meeting. Muska’s service began immediately following the Oath of Office. The term for his position will continue through December 31, 2020. “We are pleased to welcome Scott on the board. Scott’s ‘seek to understand’ philosophy is so important in this role and something that we appreciate in a colleague. He is a big-picture … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Welcomes New Executive Director of Special Education

Rochester Community Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Concetta Lewis to serve as the executive director of Special Education. Lewis was selected by an interview committee, which included a Parent Advisory Committee representative, to fill the vacancy left by retiring Executive Director Anne Evans. “The interview process was rigorous and the recommendation reflects a high performing administrator,” said Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Debi Fragomeni. “We are … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Plans Sinking Fund Proposal for November Election

The Board of Education of the Rochester Community School  (RCS) District authorized the preparation of a zero-tax increase building and site sinking fund proposal not to exceed 1.5000 mills for a period of 10 years, from 2020-2029. If approved by voters and levied in 2020, it is estimated that the revenue the district will collect will be approximately $7,881,817. The funds will be used for the construction or repair of school buildings, the improvement and development of sites, security … [Read more...]