East High proposal to be vetted on Thursday

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The Rochester school board committee charged with screening a proposal regarding East High School will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the district's central office, 131 West Broad Street. 

The committee will review the proposal submitted by School Turnaround, an organization that specializes in improving failing schools. Turnaround was the only organization to respond to the district's request for someone to take over operation of East to hopefully improve students' academic performance. 

Turnaround has been invited to tomorrow's meeting, but it's unknown at this time if the organization will attend. The committee has received answers to the many questions they sent to Turnaround about its proposal, and will review those answers at Thursday's meeting. Turnaround's claim that it can boost East's graduation rate from an abysmal 34 percent, approximately, to 100 percent in a relatively short period of time is being met with some skepticism. 

Tomorrow's meeting will be open to the public, but there will not be an opportunity for comments. 

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