It's been 30 days since Mr. Brizard came to our town.
But today, the new Rochester City School Superintendent really found his place in our community.
WXXI's annual Kids Who Write are Bright writing contest for students in grades K-12 is underway, with this year's topic being "If I Could Change One Thing." From now until April 10, the contest deadline, WXXI's education department will receive hundreds of entries ranging from picture entries from the very young to thought essays from high school students.
The one thing that all of these submissions will have in common is the heartfelt desire for change of some sort from the writer. In general, it certainly seems that change is in the air.
The new superintendent of the Rochester City School District is about to undergo a test of stamina.
On Thursday, January 31st, WXXI and WDKX-FM are partnering for a project called Brizard: Square One. It is a full day of broadcast events designed to introduce Jean-Claude Brizard to Rochester, and vice versa.
Beginning early in the morning, WDKX's Tariq Spence will join Brizard at Dr. Freddie Thomas High School on Scio Street to take calls from Tariq's listeners - primarily young people getting ready for school. Then Brizard will check in with WXXI-AM's morning host Alex Crichton for a Q & A during Morning Edition.
Just before Christmas, WXXI Radio News Director Peter Iglinski stopped by my desk and suggested we use our growing partnership with WDKX-FM to do something innovative around the appointment of Jean-Claude Brizard, the new superintendent of the Rochester City School District.
We called a meeting with WDXK's Tariq Spence, whom I rate as one of Rochester's best radio personalities (and just an all-around good guy.)
The "Brizard Blizzard" was born.
(Okay, that is not the official name of our project. But the snow was swirling the day we met, and that's the name that found its way into the space between my ears.)