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MEMORANDUM

September 14, 2015

To: Rochester School for the Deaf Parents and Guardians of Students and Members of the Community At-Large with a Vested Interest in the School

From: Antony A. L. McLetchie, Superintendent/CEO

Regarding: Focus Groups on the Future of RSD

On the first day as your new Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, April 13th, I said that the next chapter of RSD is now open. We have blank pages in front of us, ready for us to write new chapters as they happen. Like a good book, a good chapter needs to have clear direction and goals and everyone in the RSD community will be involved. Now I want to set up two important focus groups for my entry plan.

The first group is parents and guardians of RSD students.

The first Parent Focus Group is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the school auditorium. The second focus group for parents is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., also in the auditorium. Parents with students in all grade levels are encouraged to attend one or both of these special focus group sessions. Interpreters will be provided.

The RSD Parents Focus Groups will be a sharing of your vision and your perspectives as parents on what you want to see in the future regarding your child’s education here at RSD.

The second focus group is for members of the community at-large. Those individuals can be any one or any group in and around Rochester who has ever had any involvement with RSD. They could be members of Deaf organizations in Rochester or hearing organizations in Rochester, Deaf or hearing individuals or business owners, really any individual who has a vested interest in RSD and its future

The first Community Focus Group is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf (RRCD), 1564 Lyell Ave. in Rochester. The second focus group for members of the community at-large is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the RSD auditorium, 1545 St. Paul Street. Any and all in the community are encouraged to attend one or both of these special focus group sessions. Interpreters will be provided.

I hope that you as parents of RSD students or those in the community with an interest in RSD and its future will take the time and consideration to attend a focus of your choosing.

If you are not able to attend any of the focus group sessions that’s fine. You can e-mail me your ideas and thoughts in writing or in ASL video form to this address specific to my entry plan: rsdsupt@rsdeaf.org.

Again, I hope to see you there at the focus groups. You and I are equal partners in this together. We are equal in the responsibility to make sure that RSD is standing strong now and well into the future and providing a top-quality education for our students and create our future leaders.

I will see you at one of the focus group sessions. Thank you for your enthusiastic involvement.


 

 

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