Board of Education
The mission of the Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District is to provide a quality education in a caring atmosphere for students to attain the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and contribute to a diverse, interdependent and changing world.
The Board of Education envisions that all students attending Rochester Community Schools will be focused on the goal of becoming "college ready, career ready, and life ready."
COLLEGE READY: In preparation for the academic and intellectual challenges of a college education, Rochester Community Schools students will pursue the most rigorous course of study according to their ability. Students will explore, recognize and refine their academic interests and individual talents. Students will meet college readiness standards in the core academic subjects of language arts, math, science, social studies and demonstrate proficiency in world language. Students will develop the tools of critical and creative thinking, self-reliance and motivation.
CAREER READY: Rochester Community Schools recognizes that most careers demand that students have some level of college education. Regardless of their individual academic pursuits, students will have the skills needed to seek and maintain employment. Students will develop the self-discipline and work ethic necessary to be successful in both an independent and a collaborative work environment. Students will also develop creative problem-solving, verbal communications and human interaction skills in order to meet the challenges of a global, dynamic economy.
LIFE READY: Rochester Community Schools graduates will recognize that both the individual and society benefit from an informed and involved citizenry. A firm understanding of our core democratic values is necessary in order to promote and strengthen our democratic way of life. Students will become aware of cultural differences and learn to express and respect diversity of opinion in order to be successful in the world at large. To be successful in their daily lives, students will be provided opportunities to develop financial, technical, healthy lifestyle and interpersonal skills.
The Rochester Community School District Board of Education holds regular meetings and work sessions monthly on pre-scheduled dates at 7:00 p.m. in the Harrison Conference Room located on the first floor of the Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive, or at the various schools. Meetings are conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.
Current agendas, along with meeting minutes from previous sessions, are available prior to each meeting.
Board of Education Vacancy
The Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District is actively seeking to fill a vacant position following the resignation of Trustee Andrea Walker-Leidy. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Board will follow the Revised School Code and Michigan Election Law in appointing an eligible candidate to fill the trustee position. When the appointee takes the Oath of Office, his or her term will begin immediately and continue through December 31, 2022.
For consideration as a candidate, the application, along with a resume, must be received by the President of the Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Postmark dates will not be considered.
Methods of return include any of the following:
- Online (preferred method): To access the application, go to: https://form.jotform.com/212024481285147.
- Hardcopy: The application is attached. Drop off or mail to: Rochester Community School District Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307. All packets should be addressed: “To the Attention of Kristin Bull, President, Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District.”
A special meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at 501 W. University Drive, Rochester, Michigan, to meet candidates, conduct interviews, and select a trustee. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The time may be adjusted depending on the number of applications.
General duties and responsibilities of a Board member include: coordinating initiatives with the superintendent of schools; establishing policy for the district on the advice of legal counsel; adopting the budget and aligning funding priorities with district goals; determining school facility needs; and responding to community ideas.
Commitments include: attending and preparing for the Board of Education meetings and closed sessions; participating in school assignments, which average approximately six meetings or activities per year; participating in district liaison assignments (i.e. seats on committees within the greater Rochester area or within the Oakland Schools organization), which average one per month; and, joining in commemoration ceremonies, to include commencements and honors events. Other duties may include approximately two additional meetings or activities per month.
To be eligible to serve on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education, candidates must be a qualified school elector. Being a qualified school elector means a candidate must be a registered voter in the district. Additionally, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States of America, a resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days, and a resident of the Rochester Community School District.
Any individual who has been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust related to an elective office or position of government employment is disqualified from service on the Board.
The application timeline is as follows:
- Wednesday, July 21, at 4:45 p.m. - Vacancy announced to the community
- Tuesday, August 10, at 12:00 p.m. - Deadline for receipt of applications
- Tuesday, August 17 - 6:00 p.m. - Open house to meet the candidates; 6:30 p.m. - Candidate interviews, with Board meeting following