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Boys & Girls Club of Rochester pushes back against RCSD transportation cut proposal



Rochester, New York — Concerns about a proposal to cut transportation for some students are raising in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester.

Rochester City School District considered the recommendation. It’s a proposal to roll back transportation the district handles for students attending private schools and those in the urban-suburban program.

This is the proposal that the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester pushed back against Monday.

It hurts those students’ ability to attend schools of choice, that they might lose their way to get to that school, or lose the ability to attend that school in the first place, according to them.

According to Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dwayne Mahoney, it’s a concern parents brought up, and once they felt like they needed to get involved in.

“You could really change the trajectory of a student,” he said. “We know kids who have gone through this program, literally, their lives have been changed by being in a charter school, the urban-suburban program, or private school. For transportation issues, that should not be an option for that.”

According to RCSD Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small, last week the recommendation has not yet been finalized, and a feasibility report is coming soon.