January 21, 2015
The Urban-Suburban Program was
unanimously approved by the Board of Education at its Mar.
24 meeting. Look for more about its implementation in the
spring issue of Insight.
Presentation to Board of Education 3-10-15
Questions and Answers from
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Community Member,
Over the past two months, the Hilton Board of Education has
been studying the Urban-Suburban (U-S) program; a
well-established offering that provides a small number of
Rochester City School District students the opportunity to
be educated in a participating Monroe County school system.
Currently seven school districts in the region offer the
program. The Hilton Board of Education has studied the
program previously and decided to re-examine the offering
The U-S program has been in existence for 50 years. It is
designed to provide a richer and more diverse learning
experience to suburban school students that more closely
resembles the environment these students will experience as
adults. This is particularly true of Hilton, as the makeup
of our student population is far less diverse than what
graduates will find in the workplace, college campus and
military. What is being considered is the possibility of
offering a small number of city children the opportunity to
enter the Hilton Central School District in first or second
grade each year, depending upon available seats in existing
At the January 13, 2015 meeting, the Hilton Board of
Education requested that administration provide more
information on the U-S program and make a recommendation
that may potentially bring the offering to Hilton as early
as the 2015-16 school year.
To that end, a plan has been developed to engage the school
and local community in a discussion on the merits and issues
associated with U-S. Information about the program will be
available on the district website beginning Feb. 1.
I would like to extend an invitation to you to join the
Hilton Board of Education by participating in one of two
Board Study Sessions devoted to the topic. The sessions are
scheduled for February 10 and February 24 at 7 p.m. as part
of the Board of Educationís regularly scheduled meetings.
The study sessions and public meetings that follow will be
held at the Merton Williams Middle School
Multi-Instructional Room (MIR). Following a brief
presentation on U-S, attendees will be placed in table
groups with Board members and school officials to discuss
merits, issues and questions about the program followed by a
reporting out period.
I encourage you to learn more about the program and join us
Superintendent of Schools