RCSD Superintendent Brizard Named Chicago Schools Chief

Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard will take over the nation's third-largest school system.

The Rochester School Board is meeting tonight to discuss the next step in negotiating a release from Brizard's contract here and finding a replacement. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Brizard has been rumored to be a leading candidate to take over Chicago Public Schools under mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.

Brizard recently confirmed to WXXI News that he had been contacted about jobs in other cities and did not rule out leaving despite recently signing a new contract. The following statement is from a press release sent by the district Monday afternoon:

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve the children and families of Rochester for nearly three and a half years. I thank the many parents, countless committed educators and staff members, and the community and business leaders who have offered their unwavering encouragement, resources and technical expertise in service to our children. Likewise, working with the dedicated individuals who comprise the Rochester Board of Education has been a tremendous opportunity. Most importantly, I thank the students of Rochester for demonstrating their wealth of talents and skills to all of us. Each is indeed a work of art destined to become a masterpiece."

In his resignation letter, Brizard lists achievements during his tenure at the district. 

WXXI News will have complete coverage and reaction to Brizard's departure during All Things Considered beginning at 4:00 p.m. only on WXXI-AM 1370.

There is a collection of information about Brizard's strategic plan for the Rochester City School District in our Transforming Rochester Schools special coverage section.




So bummed.