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Urgent: Rochester Community Schools Votes to Move Administrative Offices to a New Location

Please be advised of recent developments involving the Rochester Community School Board of Education. At a meeting earlier this week, viewable on YouTube, the Board of Education passed a resolution to purchase the old Letica building on Dequindre for use as a “new” administration building. That means the old historic administration building at 501 W University Dr., may be in jeopardy. 

The building was listed on the State Register of Historic Places in the 1980s. A marker was not purchased for it and in recent years, RCS has not been open to placing a historic marker on the property.

At the meeting, Deb Fragomeni (2:18 in the video) told the board there have been discussions with the Historical society president who graduated from Stony Creek HS. Unfortunately, they haven’t discussed this with the historical society and the president of the society graduated from Rochester Adams HS. So we are not sure who they were talking about. RAHS’s president is on the committee to celebrate the 200th anniversary of RCS — which is really the anniversary of when the first school opened in the community. RCS, as it is today, was established in the 1950s. 

In the video, board member Barb Arness was about to mention the historic nature of the current admin and then her sound was suddenly muted so we cannot hear what she said. 

We need to be proactive on this turn of events.

Meeting Board packet, Page 90: 

YouTube: at about 1:35 in the video is when they begin discussing the admin building: 

RAHS has reached out to the school board president to discuss this matter further and possibly be involved in a proposed citizen committee to discuss the current historic administration building. We will keep our members informed of any developments. 

Please take time to make your opinions about these events known to the school board:…/boa…/contact-the-board.



RAHS Announces SMART TOWNS Collaboration

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society is pleased to announce that it is now a Smart Towns educational partner. Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone in the community led by educational organizations in Rochester and Rochester Hills.

The Smart Towns partners work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme or topic for one year. Lectures, presentations, and courses introduce the participants to all aspects of the topic and are presented by experts in their respective fields of study.

Smart Towns programs are offered January through November at all partner locations: Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester University, Rochester-Avon Historical Society, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, and the Rochester Hills Public Library.

For a complete list of Smart Towns programs, visit

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