Rochester Board of Education names four superintendent finalists

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — The Rochester Board of Educations has named the four finalists to lead the Rochester City School District.

The finalists are Nashville Chief of Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse, Fairfax County Assistant Superintendent Mr. Terry Dade, Jefferson County Chief of Schools Dr. Devon Horton, and Georgia State Board of Education Chief Turnaround Officer Dr. Eric Thomas.

The district will hosts community forum with each of the candidates in May. The forums will be held at 12:30 p.m. on May 4 and May 5 at Freddie Thomas Learning Center at 625 Scio Street in Rochester. 

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 4
Dr. Sito Narcisse and Dr. George Eric Thomas

Sunday, May 5

Mr. Terry Dade and Dr. Devon Horton

More information on the candidates:

Terry Dade is currently an Assistant Superintendent for the 180,000-student Fairfax County Public Schools in Falls Church, Virginia. Prior to that, Dade served one year as Executive Principal for School Improvement and four years as a school Principal at two elementary schools in Fairfax County Public Schools. He held the positions of Principal/Resident Principal and teacher in Washington D.C., as well as a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia.

Devon Horton is currently Chief of Schools for the 101,000-student Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, where he supported the districtwide initiative to enhance CTE offerings with more than 30 career pathways. Prior to that, Horton served four years as Deputy Superintendent of Schools in the East St. Louis School District 189 in Illinois. Horton also held the positions of Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher in Chicago Public Schools for more than a ten-year period. 

Sito Narcisse is the current Chief of Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all 167 schools with 86,000 students. Prior to that, Narcisse served three years as Associate Superintendent at Prince George’s County Public Schools in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Narcisse has also served as Acting Chief School Improvement Officer, Director of School Performance/Director of School Support and Improvement in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and has held the position of Principal at both Boston Public Schools and Pittsburgh Public Schools.  

Eric Thomas is the current Chief Turnaround Officer for the Georgia State Board of Education.  Prior to that, Thomas served five years as Chief Support Officer at the University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was also a part-time consultant for three years at the Ohio Department of Education and has served in multiple roles in Cincinnati Public Schools, including Chief Innovation Officer, Principal Coach, Principal, District Coordinator, and teacher.

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