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RCSD Board Of Education Appoints New Commissioner

Written by on November 19, 2020

Former CEO and President of the Urban League William Clark is the new commissioner joining the RCSD Board of Education. His appointment was announced on Wednesday.


William Clark will take the vacant seat left by Natalie Sheppard. Sheppard resigned from the board to take a position with the Monroe County Board Of Elections.

Clark said he will give 130% every day and he said “There’s going to need to be some structural changes in the district and I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and work with the commissioners work with the leadership of the school and work with the community so that we can look for creative ways that we can close the gap.” via WHEC.com

William Clark left the Urban League in 2019.

RCSD Superintendant Leslie Myers-Small released a statement.

I welcome William Clark to the Board of Education. Mr. Clark’s work in our community is longstanding and his knowledge base will benefit students in the Rochester City School District. He brings not only his long career with the Urban League of Rochester, but also an understanding of the issues and challenges we face in urban education. His expertise preparing urban and underrepresented students for jobs and a college education match with my goal of achieving equity and access to high-quality educational experiences for all students, across all schools. On a personal note, I was the first recipient of the William G. Clark Black Scholar Alumni of the Year Award in recognition for my volunteer efforts with the Urban League. I look forward to working with Mr. Clark again and welcome him to the Rochester City School District. 
Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
Superintendent of Schools

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