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Superintendent Welcome

Dr. Robert Shaner, Superintendent

Dr. Robert Shaner, Superintendent

Rochester Community Schools is a district unlike any other. Our community culture is one that promotes love, belonging, hope and inspiration. Together with our families, teachers, administrators, staff and community members, we unite to support the very important task of providing our children with the knowledge and tools to excel beyond what even they thought was possible.

When we stop to think about the human potential that is presented to us each day, it is truly awe-inspiring. Achieving excellence is hard work. It is about dedication, tenacity, grit and commitment. It is about being curious enough to explore unconventional options and opportunities. It is about taking risks, while learning and growing from mistakes. And, it is about doing the right things for the right reasons and inspiring others to do the same. 

Our students represent the pride and legacy of our entire community.

One of the greatest blessings of being an educator is to be able to watch promising young people grow into young adults with kind hearts, bright futures and the ambition to change the world. We have no doubt that all Rochester Community Schools students have that ability to seek the passion within their hearts and make a difference.

A History of Excellence

Rochester Community Schools has a rich history that dates back to 1821, when townships with 50 families or more were required to have a schoolmaster. At that time, it was generally assumed that three months of schooling was reasonable. In 1889, the original school building was built at Fourth Street and Wilcox. In 1916, the first high school was built on the same site, which currently serves as the Administration Center. At present, the Rochester Community School District includes 523 acres of property encompassing 66 square miles primarily within the City of Rochester, the City of Rochester Hills, and Oakland Charter Township. The district employs approximately 1,500 staff members. "With an annual operating budget of $185 million and a skilled, caring staff, we are poised to continue the tradition of academic excellence that has been established over generations." ~Superintendent Robert Shaner, Ph.D.

Superintendent's Cabinet

  • Dr. Robert Shaner, Superintendent
  • Debi Fragomeni, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
  • Dana Taylor, Deputy Superintendent for Business Affairs
  • Elizabeth Davis, Chief Human Resource Officer and Title IX Coordinator
  • Carrie Lawler, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, Equity and Inclusion
  • Lori Grein, Executive Director for Strategic Communications
  • Cory Heitsch, Executive Director for Elementary Teaching and Learning
  • Concetta Lewis, Executive Director for Special Education
  • Cindy Lindner, Executive Director for Technology & Strategic Initiatives
  • Matt McDaniel, Executive Director for Business Operations