Tag: East High School
Cathy Smith taught special education at East High School for 13 years and is more than familiar with the challenges it faces. “I told myself that if East came up because of the whole University of Rochester thing, I’d want back in,” she said. “I’m committed to the city and the students, but what we’re doing is not working. So why not be part of something innovative?”
A special board meeting will be held on Wednesday to review the education plan for this upcoming school year for East High School.
The meeting is being held to enable board members to review and discuss the plan for East High School prior to its submission to the New York State Education Department. The state is requiring the district to submit the plan by Thursday July 31.
After months of uncertainty about the struggling school’s survival, the plan for a foundational reboot of Rochester’s East High School came into less fuzzy focus Monday. It also sparked some nettlesome questions. The University of Rochester’s ambitious 64-page proposal to take the reins at East is a milestone that should not be marginalized. Such a deep partnership between public and private is remarkable.
If it is approved by the New York State Education Department, as expected, the plan will put Rochester’s largest university and employer in charge of the city’s largest high school. Warner School of Education professor Steve Uebbing, the former superintendent of Canandaigua Central School District, would have ultimate responsibility.
At the request of the Rochester City School Board, the University has submitted a plan intended to administer East High School, the largest high school in Rochester which is on the verge of being closed by the State because of inadequate performance.
The Rochester City School Board made a decision about the future of East High School Thursday night. School board members want the University of Rochester to take over the school and act as an educational partnership organization beginning in the 2015-16 school year. “The U of R is a strong university,” said Rochester City School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas. “It has an incredible reputation, also a lot of talented people and they could help the district.”