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Update: RCSD Interim Superintendent Steps Down from the Position

By Staff



RCSD Interim Superintendent Daniel Lowengard

Update Jan. 18: Rochester City School District interim superintendent Daniel Lowengard has reportedly decided to step down from the position, after suffering a stroke last week. Linda Cimusz, formerly chief academic officer of the Buffalo School District, and recently named the district’s interim chief of staff, will replace Lowengard as superintendent. 

“As we acknowledge Dan’s service, we can thank him for bringing us a colleague exceptionally well-equipped to fill his shoes,” RCSD school board president Van White said in a letter to district staff. “Like Dan Lowengard, Linda Cimusz is an experienced educational leader, with an outside perspective who will help to advance our district’s progress, and support the transition to new long-term leadership.”

Cimusz will take over the position Jan. 18.

Update Jan. 11.: Rochester City School District interim superintendent Daniel Lowengard is currently listed in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital; however, RCSD officials have said it is unclear when he will return to work. 

In the meantime, Lowengard has appointed Linda Cimusz, formerly chief academic officer of the Buffalo School District, as the district’s interim chief of staff. Charles Johnson, currently a lawyer for the district, has also been appointed as general counsel.

Rochester City School District interim superintendent Daniel Lowengard collapsed during a meeting with the Rochester Teachers Association Jan. 7, and remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital, according to an RCSD press release.

Lowengard stepped in for former RCSD superintendent Bolgen Vargas last week.

Officials said Lowengard fainted while speaking to a group of about 500 teachers at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton.

Teachers then called 911, and Lowengard reportedly remained alert at the hospital, after the fall.

RCSD has released the following statement regarding the matter:

“Interim Superintendent Dan Lowengard fell during a presentation this evening, and appeared to have fainted. EMTs were called, and have taken him to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he is undergoing tests this evening. Mr. Lowengard was alert immediately after the fall, and remains so at the hospital, where he is speaking to his doctors, family members, and district staff. We will have a further update on his condition Friday.”

“The event was “A Conversation About Teaching and Learning” with the Interim Superintendent, hosted by the Rochester Teachers Association, at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton.”

According to officials, Lowengard has reportedly been resting comfortably at the hospital, where doctors are currently running tests.

Officials said Lowengard also wanted to convey “his deep appreciation for the many expressions of support he has received,” the press release stated.