Community Schools

Community Schools

A community school is both a place and set of collective partnerships between Rochester Public Schools, United Way of Olmsted County, the individual school site, and other community resources.  Its integrated focus on academics, health, social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.  A full-service community school has components engaging instructions, expanded learning opportunities; college, career, and citizenship; health and social support; community engagement; early childhood development; family engagement; and youth development.

(Adapted from Coalition for Community Schools)

Community Schools Staff

Julie Ruzek

District Facilitator of Family and Community Engagement

Volunteer Coordinator


Jessica Marquardt

Community School Site Facilitator

Gage Elementary


Lida Casper

Community School Site Facilitator

Riverside Central Elementary


Nicole Wibstad

Community School Site Facilitator

Rochester Alternative Learning Center


Chad Campbell

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of Olmsted County

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