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RCSD Names Barbara Deane-Williams as Superintendent

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The Rochester City School District Board of Education has named Barbara Deane-Williams as superintendent.

Deane-Williams was the Greece School District superintendent from 2011 to 2015, and spent the past year as the senior deputy superintendent of the Boston City School District.

She will begin the position on Aug. 8, and will be the first woman to serve as a permanent RCSD superintendent.

Deane-Williams will replace interim superintendent Linda Cimusz in the position, who was appointed after another interim, Dan Lowengard stepped down from the role due to health problems, in January.

The district appointed Lowengard to fill the position temporarily, following the resignation of former superintendent Bolgen Vargas last year.

Previously, the board selected current Ithaca Schools superintendent Luvelle Brown to fill the role, but the district was unable to come to an agreement with Brown over the terms of his contract.

RCSD announced Deane-Williams’ appointment July 18, after deciding to use a closed-door search process, earlier this year. The district faced ongoing controversy throughout the process, as a result of the school board’s decision to conduct the search without seeking input from the public.

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