Geneva 2020 issued a Community Report at a breakfast Thursday morning. Geneva 2020 is a coalition of local businesses, nonprofits and individuals working to support city schools. It was formed in 2011 when Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan gathered a group to address challenges facing the district, which was under a New York State watch. At that time as many as one in four students were not graduating. Superintendent Trina Newton said that significant progress has been made toward a goal of 90 percent, with much work yet to be done.
“We're at 84.9%. The next five percent is going to be a heavy lift and it's going to take all of us.”
Going forward, Geneva 2020 intends to build on its work by reaching further into the community. Action teams will address issues across all grade levels including Kindergarten Readiness, Literacy, and College and Career Readiness.