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RCSD reaches agreement with bargaining units for ‘Invest in Tomorrow’

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — As the Rochester City School District moves forward with its vision for the future, the Board of Education reached agreements with four of its unions.

Board members approved the agreements as part of Invest into Tomorrow, a vision for RCSD aimed at preparing middle school students for high school — academically, physically, and emotionally through fitness, programs, and nurturing spaces.

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Starting next school year, RCSD will implement a new grade structure and move new leadership and staffing to new buildings.

With these in mind, in order to recruit and retain staff, RCSD said that one-time incentives will be offered at all four bargaining units — granted staff members work the entirety of the 2024-25 school year. Superintendent Dr. Carmine Peluso stresses that the district is grateful for its workforce.

“Academic excellence is at the forefront of every decision we make, and it is essential that we have highly qualified certified staff in place for the beginning of the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Peluso. “Our partnership with our collective bargaining units is strong and I appreciate their efforts as we continue to collaboratively advance our shared goals.”

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A full breakdown of the financial incentives for the bargaining units can be found below:

Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester: $8k for principals and $7k for assistant principals in middle schools and the new high school.

Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees: $1k for members whose position title and/or individual not previously provided an incentive.

Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals: $2k for certified teaching assistants and $1k for paraprofessionals in middle schools.

Rochester Teachers Association: $5k for certified school teachers and $6k for certified bilingual and special education teachers in middle schools.

In addition, RCSD will lower gen. ed. class sizes in middle schools to a maximum of 25 students and in elementary schools to a maximum of 24 students. Teachers relocating to new schools will be given a $500 stipend for moving expenses.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — As the Rochester City School District moves forward with its vision for the future, the Board of Education reached agreements with four of its unions.

Board members approved the agreements as part of Invest into Tomorrow, a vision for RCSD aimed at preparing middle school students for high school — academically, physically, and emotionally through fitness, programs, and nurturing spaces.
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Starting next school year, RCSD will implement a new grade structure and move new leadership and staffing to new buildings.

With these in mind, in order to recruit and retain staff, RCSD said that one-time incentives will be offered at all four bargaining units — granted staff members work the entirety of the 2024-25 school year. Superintendent Dr. Carmine Peluso stresses that the district is grateful for its workforce.

“Academic excellence is at the forefront of every decision we make, and it is essential that we have highly qualified certified staff in place for the beginning of the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Peluso. “Our partnership with our collective bargaining units is strong and I appreciate their efforts as we continue to collaboratively advance our shared goals.”
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A full breakdown of the financial incentives for the bargaining units can be found below:

Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester: $8k for principals and $7k for assistant principals in middle schools and the new high school.

Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees: $1k for members whose position title and/or individual not previously provided an incentive.

Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals: $2k for certified teaching assistants and $1k for paraprofessionals in middle schools.

Rochester Teachers Association: $5k for certified school teachers and $6k for certified bilingual and special education teachers in middle schools.

In addition, RCSD will lower gen. ed. class sizes in middle schools to a maximum of 25 students and in elementary schools to a maximum of 24 students. Teachers relocating to new schools will be given a $500 stipend for moving expenses. Read More EducationRochesterFirst  

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