UR officially agrees to take over East High School

Updated: 06/30/2014 11:27 PM
Created: 06/30/2014 3:58 AM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

It is a move thousands hope will save their school. On Monday, the Rochester City School District announced that East High School is officially partnering with the University of Rochester.

UR President Joel Seligman says he is confident that the university can double graduation rates at East High School in just a few years. 

News10NBC spoke with officials Monday who say they are just beginning the process of developing a turnaround plan, but that plan could include more teachers and a smaller East High School.

The University of Rochester has officially agreed to oversee the failing East High School. 

Joel Seligman, U of R President, said, “It was among one of the most depressing things I've heard, in Rochester, that a great and proud high school like East High was on the verge of closing.  That's why we're doing this.”

With a graduation rate of just 42 percent, Seligman says with the help of the university’s Warner School of Education, he’s confident the graduation rate will double over the next seven years to 84 percent. Professor Steve Uebbing will lead the efforts.

Steve Uebbing,  U of R Professor, said, “I anticipate teachers at East High School will have overall less of a number of students they're dealing with, but they're going to be involved more deeply and teachers, who elect to be there, are going to see the connection in what they're doing and student success.”

Under the partnership agreement, the Rochester City School District’s Board of Education retains the ultimate decision making authority.

Van White, President, Board of Education, said, “The fact is much work as Joel says needs to be done and most of it won’t be done by people in this room.  I can tell you though, we have reached a major turning point in this district and there's no turning around.”

Again, officials say they're just beginning the process of developing a plan to save East High. That plan has to be submitted to the state by December.  

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