Rochester City School District Names Dr. Leslie Myers Small New Superintendent

May 19, 2020

Tuesday RCSD announced Dr. Leslie Myers Small as the new superintendent of Rochester City Schools. Becoming the first black woman to lead the position. Dr. Myers-Small was previously superintendent for the Brockport Central School District. She left Brockport to become State Assistant Commissioner of School Reform and Innovation in December. Dr. Myers-Small is taking over for Terry Dade who left the district last month after less than a year. And ask news broke last week that RCSD CFO, Robert Franklin was leaving his position after 5 months on the job. On top of all of that, an estimated $87 million budget deficit. In a statement Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said “Dr. Lesli Myers-Small is a tremendous educator and has spent her career dedicated to improving the lives of children. I know Dr. Myers-Small, if truly empowered to do so, can improve our school district, and therefore, our city. I am equally heartened that she will be the first woman of color to serve our community in this role. This milestone is worthy of recognition and celebration. While my longstanding concerns regarding our school district remain and must be addressed. Tonight, I congratulate Dr. Myers-Small on her accomplishment and welcome her to our efforts to ensure every child in Rochester receives the education they deserve.”