ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — It was the first day of school for many local districts, including our area’s biggest, the Rochester City School District.

This year’s start for the district is being overseen by yet another superintendent, Carmine Peluso.

Peluso is no stranger to the RCSD, having been a school principal before moving up into administration. He’s the current interim superintendent, taking the job after Lesli Myers-Small made an early departure.

Peluso said the first day went well, most notably with most transportation issues having been resolved since last year’s bussing debacle. He says he has had to boost safety measures in schools following a recent uptick in violence in the hallways.

There have also been hundreds of open staff positions, but Peluso said they currently do have a teacher for every class, with a catch:

“We’re filling our teacher spots with teachers that have certifications that might not be in a position that they’re currently in,” Peluso said. “We’re filling them with four-year graduate degrees. What we really need to do is support those teachers to make sure they have the instructional background. We’re out spots, but we’re no different than the national teacher shortage that we’re seeing across the country right.”

When asked if he had any hopes of becoming a permanent superintendent with the district, Peluso said he just wants to concentrate on getting this new school year off the ground.

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