Plans for the University of Rochester to take over operations of Rochester's East High School have been approved by the State Education Department.
New students will be allowed to enroll at East for the upcoming school year while the U of R, the City School District and the teachers' union work out the full plan to start in the fall of 2015.
The upcoming school year will be a time of transition for East High. It will run with the current administration, but the University of Rochester will make suggestions to help students and staff get ready for the change.
Board President Van Henri White says the real work starts now. All the partners who worked out the preliminary plan for the university to become East High's Education Partnership Operator (EPO) now have to get the final plan together and approved by December. That includes all the unions representing East High employees and teachers. They also need buy-in from the students and parents as well.
That's a very big lift, but White says it will be done.
White says his dream now is to be part of an effort that transforms an urban school district, starting by changing East High. He says lots of people will be smiling if they can pull it off.