Dr. Lesli Myers-Small (pictured above) has been selected as the new superintendent for the Rochester City School District.
She is the first African American woman to hold that position in Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released the following statement regarding the appointment of Dr Myers-Small:
“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. 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.”
Dr. Myers-Small, the former Brockport Central School District superintendent, left Brockport in December to become State Assistant Commissioner of School Reform and Innovation, a job designed to work to bring change to low performing districts through the state, including RCSD.
Myers-Small, 50, grew up in Rochester and attended its public schools. She began her career in education in the district as a guidance counselor and intervention specialist, and earned degrees from the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College.
Dr. Myers-Small will be the city’s seventh superintendent in 10 years and inherits a district facing financial difficulties.