Board of Trustees at RMSC

The GCCS Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the school operates in a fiscally sound manner and maintains fidelity to the philosophy, program, and policies set forth in the school’s charter.

Important Information About Our Upcoming Meetings:

The next regularly scheduled Genesee Community Charter School Board of Trustees Meeting will be Wednesday, July 24th at 5:30 p.m. at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 in the Cunningham House StudioThis is a public meeting and anyone is welcome to attend.  Please call 585-697-1960 for more information about how to attend this meeting.

Topics for discussion: 2024-25 Contracts and New Hires, 2024-25 District Safety Plan, Annual Board Report, Lease Updates.

Agenda and Materials can be found here.

Meeting Dates for the  2024 – 2025 school year can be found HERE.

All meetings are open to the public and a public comment period is available at each monthly meeting:

  • Guests wishing to make public comment are required to notify our Secretary by noon on the day of the meeting ( with their name and the topic in which they would like to address.
  • Each speaker will have three minutes to speak. Time will be monitored by the Board President.

The GCCS Board of Trustees

  • Includes community representatives, parents, and museum representatives.
  • Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month at the Cunningham House Studio on the campus of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
  • Approves minutes from the previous meeting, hears a report from the Executive Director, and examines financial statements
  • Creates or approves policies, such as the bullying or chaperone policies.

Board Members

Allison Shultes

Allison Shultes

Secretary, Community Representative

(585) 697 - 1960

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin Sutherland


(585) 697 - 1960

Annemarie Wess board page

Annemarie Wess

Vice President

(585) 697 - 1960

  • Colin Orr, President, Parent Representative
  • Kendra Cadogan, Vice President, Community Representative
  • Allison Shultes, Secretary, Community Representative
  • Maria Oliver, Treasurer, Community Representative
  • Adam Koneman, Community Representative
  • Annemarie Wess, Community Representative
  • Benjamin Clarke, Potential Parent Representative
  • Kiersten Blankley, Potential Parent Representative
  • Eron Damercy, Potential RMSC Representative
  • TBD, RMSC Representative

Education Governance Council Representatives

One of the founding principles of the Genesee Community Charter School was the belief that the School’s success in fulfilling its educational mission is dependent upon the participation and support of all stakeholders and, in particular, the participation and support of its professional faculty.  Statutory prohibitions prevent employees from serving as Trustees.  Nonetheless, the professional expertise and insight of the faculty is essential to enable the Board of Trustees to fulfill its governance responsibilities in all matters exclusive of the financial elements of the employment relationship with staff.

The following GCCS staff members attend all Board of Trustees meetings  serving as members of the Education Governance Council (EGC).  The EGC offer advice for any action of the Board of Trustees on any matter not related to an employment relationship or staff disciplinary action and the Board of Trustees will give due consideration to the opinions expressed by this group.

Kemouy Bhalai

School Director

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Allison Carlson

Second-Third Grade Teacher

(585) 697 - 1960

Andre Dixon

Student Culture Coordinator

(585) 697 - 1960

Shannon Hillman

Executive Director

(585) 417- 7020

To contact Board Members, please call 585-697-1960 and leave a message.

Board Meetings & Minutes

Minutes from each month’s meeting are available on the school’s website after they are formally approved and adopted by the Board.  Please click here for 2024-25 approved Meeting Minutes or see links below.

Board of Trustees meetings held from April 2020 through June 2021 remotely were all recorded and transcribed.

Here are the links to each meeting recording:

June, 2021; May, 2021; April, 2021; March, 2021; February, 2021 (transcription); January, 2021 (transcription); December, 2020 (transcription); November, 2020 (transcription); October, 2020 (transcription); September, 2020 (transcription); August, 2020 (transcription); June, 2020 (transcription); May, 2020 (transcription); April, 2020 (transcription)

They are also available to the public upon request to the Executive Director, Shannon Hillman (

FOIL Policy

GCCS created a FOIL policy when the charter was initially approved in 2000.  To view the full policy, click here.

To view the school’s FOIL subject matter list, click here.

The School’s most recent FOIL requests have been related to:

  • Employee salaries, certifications, and dates of hire
  • Contracted vendors
  • Enrollment and retention data
  • IRS 990 Tax Filing
  • Board Meeting Minutes
  • Lease agreements.

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Please see the Student Admissions Page for more information about our 2024-25 application process.