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Watts tutoring center opens in Rochester

Rochester Business Journal
September 12, 2011

A tutoring center to assist school districts and charter schools officially was opened Monday, with an investment of $250,000 from former Rochester City School District administrator Jerome Watts.

Watts Academic Tutoring and Teaching Services Inc., at 195 St. Paul St., offers academic programs before and after school to improve teaching and learning, said Watts, its president and CEO.

The center will employ eight full-time and 15 part-time within three years, officials said.

It will hire certified administrators and teachers as tutors, including some who lost jobs due to cuts in school district budgets, they said. A marketing director, secretaries and van drivers also will be hired.

The $250,000 was used for building improvements, computers, partitions, furniture and supplies, officials said.

Watts also expects to open centers in Buffalo and Syracuse this month.

“I started the Watts service because my passion is to improve the educational and future outcome of students in New York State and across the nation,” he said in a statement.

Watts also is president of Watts Education, created to help schools improve students’ graduation rates.

Most of his 18-year career in education and administration was spent in the city school district as principal of the Josh M. Lofton Academy.

“As a community, we are failing every student who does not graduate high school,” said Leonard Redon, deputy mayor for the city of Rochester, in a statement.

“Together, we all need to develop new strategies to ensure that youth can grasp the fundamentals they need to be successful. Dr. Watts’ approach of helping both students and school teachers can help bring Rochester to a new level of academic excellence.”

(c) 2011 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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