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Mary Adams leaving city school board


The Rochester school board will have another vacancy to fill come the end of this month.  Board member Mary Adams submitted her resignation today citing family and professional considerations; Adams recently accepted a promotion at the University of Rochester's Center for Community Practice.
Rochester school board member Mary Adams - FILE PHOTO
  • Rochester school board member Mary Adams

Adams, who is serving a second term, became immediately recognized for her strong research skills that often gave her insight into the complex details of the district's business. But she was also an effective advocate for racial justice and promoting equity for all students. She is frequently credited for her push to improve school climate and revise the district's approach to student discipline. As a result, the district shifted away from a less tolerant policy that resulted in high suspension rates.

Adam's departure means that the board will begin 2018 with three new members. Natalie Sheppard was elected to the board  in November, and the board is currently recruiting a candidate to fill the seat vacated by Malik Evans, who was elected to City Council.

Board President Van White said the board received 17 applications to fill Evans' seat and is in the final rounds of discussions about the appointment. In a phone interview earlier today, he said there were multiple candidates that board members can consider as Adams' replacement.

Adams's last day on the board is Thursday, January 25.