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Statement By City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison As Classes Are Set To Begin In City School District

“As classes begin in the Poughkeepsie City School District Thursday, I want to wish all the students much success this year, and I am encouraged by the stronger bond that has emerged between the district and the city.

The city school district has the wind at its back, having recently hired Dr. Eric Rosser as its superintendent. We want him and the rest of the school district to know that the city is here to work in partnership.

 Dr. Rosser, School Board President Felicia Watson and I were among those recently attending the ‘Poughkeepsie Summit at Harvard University.’ This summit focused on developing citywide solutions to help children succeed.

 The school district can’t do it alone. The broader community has an obligation to teach our children, to ensure they are safe and in nurturing environments. We have to be in this together, and the city is committed to that effort.”