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Proposed plan for East High School

Rochester, N.Y. - Last week the New York State Board of Education approved the partnership between the University of Rochester and East High School.

University of Rochester Professor Steven Uebbing was named Superintendent Designee of East High School. He will begin that role when the University takes over the school in July of 2015.

But the work to develop a plan for the future of East High School has already begun.

"Right now what's in our preliminary plan is there would be an upper school, which would be 10-12, a lower school, which would be 6 or 7 through 8," said Uebbing who explained the 9th grade would be a separate academy and arrival/departure times for the three schools would be staggered. "Our experience is if we can get kids through 9th grade with five credits and at least one regents pass the chances of them graduating are very, very high."

The proposed plan would also reduce the student body population over time.

"We want to see cohorts, meaning grade levels, of about 180 kids, that allows us to divide into two 90 student teams," explained Uebbing, "with a full complement of teachers to support that team. Our intent is not to ask anybody going to East right now to leave, so that would be the entering grade levels cause there's a lot of cohorts that are a lot larger."

The University of Rochester will be holding focus groups and a town hall meeting this fall to hear from the community, teachers, parents and students.

"I don't know that there are many towns quite like Rochester, we have lots of problems and we have plenty of scars but I think this is a town that comes together and at this juncture the Rochester city school district specifically East High School needs this town to come together to support urban education," said Uebbing.

The final plan for East High School is due to the state by December 31st. The University of Rochester wouldn't officially take over East High School until July 2015.

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