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U of R agrees to help save East High

Rochester, N.Y. - The Rochester City School Board, the University of Rochester and Unoins have signed a plan to save East High School.

The University of Rochesters Educational Partnership Organization or EPO plan must be submitted to the state for approval by tomorrow.

Currently the schools graduation rate is 42%, and the EPO plan anticipates that number to double to 84% in seven years.

We have reached a major turning point in this district and there is no turning around, said Rochester City School Board President Van White.

The University of Rochester has agreed to help save East High school by becoming an EPO for the school, which is the equivalent to becoming a superintendent.

It will revitalize a great and proud high school in our city, said the University of Rochester President Joel Seligman.

It gives comfort to the staff that we'll be moving ahead with U of R and this upcoming year will kind of be a transition year as we prepare the final plans and we'll all be a part of that, so that's very promising for us at the building, said East High School Principal Anibal Soler.

While the plans are in the very early stages there are a few things that have been ironed out.

Contracts with teachers will remain intact, the university will not pay for or make profit off of the school, and Professor Steve Uebbing of the Warner School of Education will lead the efforts to make the final EPO plan.

The University of Rochester is going to help create the conditions where the students and the parents and the teachers that are there can help double those graduation rates, said Uebbing.

Frankly, my personal goal is not to be at an 84-percent graduation rate, my personal goal is to see no student leave school before they graduate.

The agreement between the university and school district is for 5 years, the first year will be a planning year.

The final EPO plan will be submitted to the state in December.

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