In June 2012, Joe Robach participated in the Rochester City School District’s ground breaking ceremony to launch the schools modernization program. The Rochester Schools Modernization Program is a three-phase capital initiative of the Rochester City School District in partnership with the City of Rochester. Five schools will mark the beginning of a $325 million construction program. Overall, 15 projects are to be completed by September 2015 as phase one of the schools modernization program. Joe Robach understands that providing updated, high quality, state-of-the-art education facilities is important to maximizing a student’s overall education.
Joe Robach supported the education legislation for Phase 1 of this project. Joe Robach was the sponsor for Senate bill S.6870 which established that debt payments for the Rochester School Facilities Modernization Program shall not affect the City of Rochester’s Maintenance of Effort Requirements. The approved legislation would allow the innovative and cost effective financing options for reconstruction of up to 13 school buildings. The legislation also provides the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District with increased flexibility to meet the needs of its school children by providing alternative financing mechanisms.
This project will update many buildings in the Rochester City School District that on average are 64 years old. Joe Robach also supports this education project because it will create needed jobs in the Rochester area.