January 21, 2015

Urban-Suburban Program

The Urban-Suburban Program was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at its Mar. 24 meeting. Look for more about its implementation in the spring issue of Insight.

Presentation to Board of Education 3-10-15

Questions and Answers from Study Sessions

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Community Member,

Over the past two months, the Hilton Board of Education has been studying the Urban-Suburban (U-S) program; a well-established offering that provides a small number of Rochester City School District students the opportunity to be educated in a participating Monroe County school system. Currently seven school districts in the region offer the program. The Hilton Board of Education has studied the program previously and decided to re-examine the offering again now.

The U-S program has been in existence for 50 years. It is designed to provide a richer and more diverse learning experience to suburban school students that more closely resembles the environment these students will experience as adults. This is particularly true of Hilton, as the makeup of our student population is far less diverse than what graduates will find in the workplace, college campus and military. What is being considered is the possibility of offering a small number of city children the opportunity to enter the Hilton Central School District in first or second grade each year, depending upon available seats in existing classes.

At the January 13, 2015 meeting, the Hilton Board of Education requested that administration provide more information on the U-S program and make a recommendation that may potentially bring the offering to Hilton as early as the 2015-16 school year.

To that end, a plan has been developed to engage the school and local community in a discussion on the merits and issues associated with U-S. Information about the program will be available on the district website beginning Feb. 1.

I would like to extend an invitation to you to join the Hilton Board of Education by participating in one of two Board Study Sessions devoted to the topic. The sessions are scheduled for February 10 and February 24 at 7 p.m. as part of the Board of Educationís regularly scheduled meetings. The study sessions and public meetings that follow will be held at the Merton Williams Middle School Multi-Instructional Room (MIR). Following a brief presentation on U-S, attendees will be placed in table groups with Board members and school officials to discuss merits, issues and questions about the program followed by a reporting out period.

I encourage you to learn more about the program and join us in February.

Dave Dimbleby
Superintendent of Schools