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U of R Interested in Running East High School

The University of Rochester has expressed an interest in taking over the troubled East High School in Rochester.
The President of the Rochester City School Board dropped a bombshell Tuesday night when he announced the University of Rochester has expressed an interest in taking over East High School. The announcement caught East high teachers, staff and parents by surprise. The U of R wants to explore what it would take to turn East High around.

"The district needs fresh ideas," said RCSD Superintendent Bolgen Vargas. "And getting energy from the University, they have valuable resources. They could provide an extraordinary fresh perspective, new energy, that this community desperately needs."

In order to do that, RCSD is asking the state to extend the May 15th deadline. The U of R wants more time to put together a proposal that outlines how it would improve student performance. Former Canandaigua Superintendent and U of R Warner School Professor Stephen Uebbing applauds the move.

"I think we can offer some of our best thinking," he says. "And some of the best thinking nationally. We could reach out to some of our colleagues across the country. We could offer an inclusive process that values the input and opinions of people in the community."

It comes as a welcome relief to East High School Principal Anibal Soler.  "They are one of our highest performing, most prestigious universities, not only in the area, but in the country," says Soler. "And they have a lot of experts. I think they will bring a very practical approach to this work."

Now it's up to the state to decide if it will grant the district more time .

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