Community residents outside the Ryan Center before the Rochester City School District Board of Education meeting on August 23rd, 2018.

 Community residents outside the Ryan Center before the Rochester City School District Board of Education meeting on August 23rd, 2018.

August Board of Education Meeting

On August 23rd, Connected Communities spoke up for Beechwood and EMMA with seven community speakers and a presentation from LaShunda Leslie-Smith, our Executive Director. "We know plenty of families that want their children to be able to go to school in their neighborhoods, but they've been blocked at every turn," said Beechwood resident Sandra Faison during the public comment section. Christine Jervais and Beth Sieber both spoke personally about the strengths of neighborhood schools where children feel a sense of belonging and build lasting, long-term relationships with their teachers and peers.

LaShunda also opened communication with the Board of Education by explaining who we are and our community's vision for a revitalized educational program. "We believe that a high-quality, early childhood education pathway should be developed," said LaShunda. She also explained the need for a support services coordinator to make sure children have equal access to resources that could be the difference between success and struggle for neighborhood kids. Through this presentation, Connected Communities opened communication with the Board of Education so that our neighborhood kids are guaranteed more opportunities to be successful.

To watch LaShunda's entire presentation to the Board of Education, click here.

To watch our community speakers' full remarks to the board, click here.