Updated: 05/15/2014 9:01 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 4:48 PM WHEC.com
The New York State Education Department has granted additional time to the Rochester City School District to develop a plan for the University of Rochester to serve as the Educational Partnership Organization for East High School.
In a letter to Rochester Board of Education President Van White, the education department says it is allowing the district another six weeks to submit the plan, which will be due by July 1.
White released a statement saying, "This is exciting news not only for East High School, but for our entire community. We are extremely grateful to the University of Rochester for having the courage, capacity, and commitment to make a difference at East High School. None of this would be possible without the State having the wisdom and patience to give this community the time needed to put together a thoughtful and meaningful plan to put East High School back on track."
University of Rochester President Joel Seligman released a statement saying, "Let me thank Commissioner King, Deputy Commissioner Slentz and Assistant Commissioner Schwartz for their letter delineating an extension of the time to provide a plan for an Educational Partnership Organization agreement and guidance on the path forward. I look forward to working with the School Board, the Superintendent, the bargaining units and the University’s Warner School to achieve full compliance with the terms and conditions of this letter by July 1, 2014. This is a critical project for the public education in the City of Rochester. I believe we all are joined in a collective effort to save and strengthen a great high school. The students, faculty and staff of East High School deserve no less.”