The Rochester Board of Education
and Jean-Claude Brizard
have agreed to a three-year contract naming Brizard Superintendent of Schools.He
is expected to begin work in the District the first week of January, 2008.
"I am thrilled to be here and am looking forward to all the good we can do together as a community," Brizard
...Brizard is the Senior Executive for Policy and Sustainability with the New York City Department of Education.He
was previously the Department's
Region 6 Superintendent, supervising 100 Kindergarten-Grade 12 schools with 100,000 students.Region 6 students made gains in Grades 3-8 math and ELA scores; Brizard
also established a GED-Plus program, an afternoon program for high school students at risk of dropping out, and worked to remove two schools listed as "persistently dangerous" from the state's list.He was also the Executive Director for Secondary Schools in NYC, Region 8 Instructional Superintendent, a high school principal, a physics teacher, and a junior high science teacher.He
has taught physics at the college level.As Region 8 leader, he
spurred 232 new small schools in 4 years.
The Board's contract with Brizard
calls for a $215,000 annual salary.Any increases in the second and third years will be based on the Urban Consumer Price Index and Brizard's evaluation by the Board of Education.
will follow Interim Superintendent William Cala and be the permanent replacement for Dr. Manuel Rivera, who left the District in May to work with Governor Elliot Spitzer.
and Cala will work together on a transition plan for the District.