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East High names Shaun Nelms as New Deputy Superintendent

By Staff Reporter

Shaun Nelms

Shaun Nelms

Shaun Nelms, current deputy superintendent of the Greece Central School District, and a former chief of schools for the Rochester City School District (RCSD), has been named as East High School’s new deputy superintendent, a position which has been created under the impending partnership between the University of Rochester and East High School, officials said.

Nelms will assume the role in late February, overseeing the hiring of all administrative and staff positions, as well as the day-to-day operations of the East High Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) Plan.

“Through its partnership with the University of Rochester, the Rochester City School District has a unique opportunity to create a model to improve and enhance schooling throughout the city,” Nelms stated. “Being a part of that change process creates personal and professional challenges, which inspire and motivate me as a learner and leader. I want to be the champion of equity for students at East. Maintaining a focus on graduation rates, literacy and numeracy skill development, family support as well as caring for the social-emotional needs of students will be the priority of staff.”

Officials said the Rochester Board of Education received a letter from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Jan. 14, conditionally approving the plan for East’s educational partnership with the University of Rochester.

As a result, university and school officials have begun planning, and hiring staff, for the rollout of the new East.

“The Board of Education was extremely pleased to hear that Dr. Nelms will be assuming a significant leadership role at East High School,” said Rochester Board of Education President Van White. “The success or failure of our effort there will depend, in part, on the leadership team which is put in place there. His extensive experience, extraordinary commitment, and vision are sure to make East High School the place where students and staff want to be.”

Officials said Nelms has also held the positions of middle school principal of Rush-Henrietta Central School District, and assistant principal of Greece Arcadia High School, and Greece Odyssey Academy, where he began his career as a school administrator.

In addition, he has also been a former Greece and RCSD classroom teacher.

Nelms earned his doctorate in K-12 school leadership, and his master’s in education, from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, and his bachelor’s in education from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Pending final approval from the state, the University of Rochester will serve as the EPO for East High School, assuming full management responsibilities for the school starting July 2015.

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