A proposal for the University of Rochester to take over the failing East High School has a thumbs-up from the State Education Department, but the state wants to see a finished plan six months sooner than the university proposes.
Rochester School Board President Van Henri White got a letter from the state today (Thurs), granting additional time to plan for a U of R takeover of East. But the state wants a final plan in six weeks, by July first. In its letter to the state last week, the U of R asked to have until December 15th to develop the so-called EPO plan.
Even with the tight schedule, White calls this "exciting news" and says he's grateful to the University of Rochester for stepping up.
The State Education Department also wants a "second option" plan to phase out East High School if it doesn't like the U of R plan, or it can't be delivered by July first.