Parents and guardians were addressed in a letter sent home with North Rose-Wolcott students following protests this week over the firing of a number of teaching assistants within the district. Students peacefully protested the dismissal of those staffers by organizing a sit-in, which took place on Wednesday.On Thursday, the North Rose-Wolcott Board of Education met with students to address the firings, which the district argues allowed them to hire at least seven new teaching positions. The letter was penned by the Superintendent of Schools Stephen J. Vigliotti, Sr. The letter read:
“I’m writing to you in response to recent concerns expressed by students and parents regarding the 2016-17 spending plan adopted at our last Board of Education meeting. The spending plan would add 7.5 new instructional teaching positions, while reducing 14 teaching assistant positions. North Rose-Wolcott Central School District is dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life.Along with adding instructional staff, we are also promoting success by recently adopting our District Strategic Action Plan. The Strategic Action Plan is created based on the hard work and dedication of a community based committee including: parents, community members, teachers, administrators and school board members, which was approved by our Board of Education during the April meeting. The community-developed Strategic Action Plan will be used to guide instructional decisions as we continue our commitment to the creation of a thriving and supportive learning environment.
A copy of the Strategic Plan can be found on our district website at www.nrwcs.org.As always, I invite and encourage you to attend our monthly Board of Education meetings. During these public meetings, the Board and administrative team discuss important district initiatives, share information regarding proposed budget reports, as well as provide time for public comment.I thank you for your continued support as we strive to implement our mission of preparing each North Rose-Wolcott student for a successful future.”
While few details were offered regarding the protests or what actions might be taken moving forward by the district – it remains clear that students and parents alike cared a great deal about those teaching assistants let go by the district.FingerLakes1.com will have more on this story when the next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting is held.