Friday, May 9, 2014

Rochester school board chooses UR proposal for East High

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 11:28 AM

As expected, the Rochester school board has decided to work with the University of Rochester to improve East High School. The board made its decision at a meeting last night.

The UR proposal was chosen over that of a nonprofit and Superintendent Bolgen Vargas's own plan. Vargas wanted to convert East into three smaller schools focused on career readiness. 

City school officials originally had until Thursday, May 15, to submit their chosen proposal to State Education Commissioner John King. But the board voted last night to ask King for an extension to mid-summer. 

The board also voted to approve Vargas’s 2014-2015 budget. The $788 million budget is close to what Vargas proposed several months ago. The final budget does reflect some additional state aid, and it cuts 15 teaching positions and 15 teaching assistant positions.

The budget now goes to City Council for review. That meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at City Hall, 30 Church Street.   

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