The Webster Central School District Board of Education has voted unanimously to begin participating in the Urban-Suburban Program in the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
According to Webster Superintendent Carmen Gumina, the district will accept between 25 and 30 new students in grades 2-4 next fall.
“The Webster Central School District’s Core Beliefs include the words ‘Students First: Each student is invaluable,’ a guiding principle prevalent in every district program,” the district stated on its website. “In our continued commitment to that vision, and our Core Beliefs, the Webster Central School District Board of Education and Superintendent Carmen Gumina approached the Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program, and spent the past 15 months researching this unique opportunity to provide more diversity within our district.”
The Urban-Suburban program is one that allows Rochester City School District (RCSD) students to transfer into participating suburban school districts throughout Monroe County.
Thus far, the program has primarily been available to students of color; however, as a provision in the next school year, those white students within the city school district who meet the income requirements will also be able to transfer to suburban school districts.
Students from outside the city will also have the opportunity to transfer into certain city programs as well.
Webster is the 13th school district in the area to join in the program.
Brighton, Brockport, Fairport, Penfield, Pittsford, West Irondequoit, Spencerport, and Wheatland-Chili school districts already participate in the program.