Shaun Nelms Assumes the Role of Superintendent of University of Rochester/East EPO

Shaun NelmsThe school year will start a vibrant new era for East High School with the University of Rochester serving as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) overseeing the school. On August 27, the Rochester Board of Education voted to appoint Shaun Nelms, EdD, to serve as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) superintendent at East. He will assume East’s top leadership position on Sept. 1, 2015.  

Nelms has served as the deputy superintendent since February, following New York State Education Department (NYSED) approval for the educational partnership with the University of Rochester to ensure the success of East and its students. As deputy superintendent, Nelms has overseen the hiring of staff and the day-to-day operations of the East EPO plan. He will succeed Stephen Uebbing, EdD, who has served as East’s EPO superintendent since July 1 of this year. Uebbing will remain as the University’s project director for the East EPO.  

“Shaun is the perfect person to lead East,” said Uebbing. “His background, experiences, and personal story all make him ideally suited to be the permanent superintendent of the East EPO.  Given Shaun’s skills and credentials, he could have been a legitimate candidate for any position in the State, but his deep commitment to social justice and understanding of urban education made the East EPO a compelling choice for him.  I could not imagine a better and more capable individual to lead this work.”  

Uebbing was the chief force behind the design of the East EPO proposal, including gaining State approval, Board of Education approval of the budget, and negotiations with the Rochester City School District’s four labor unions. He will continue to oversee the project for the University, serving as project director of the East EPO. Additionally, Uebbing will serve as the liaison between the East EPO and the State Education Department, the Rochester City School District Board of Education, each of the local bargaining unions, and the larger University community. Uebbing explained that Nelms will be the feet-on-the-ground administrator, running East and responsible for the successful execution of the EPO plan.
Nelms has extensive experience leading K-12 schools locally. Previously, Nelms served as deputy superintendent of the Greece Central School District, chief of schools for the northeast zone of the Rochester City School District, middle school principal of the Rush-Henrietta School District, and assistant principal of Greece Arcadia High School and Greece Odyssey Academy. Before his career as a school administrator, Nelms was a classroom teacher in Greece and Rochester city schools. He earned a doctorate in K-12 school leadership and a master’s in education, both from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor’s in education from the State University of Fredonia.
In addition to his administrative role at East, Nelms currently serves on a steering committee overseeing the efforts of the new Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, a local effort led by the United Way to address the region’s deep poverty.
The first day of school for East will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, with East Lower School (grades 6-8) starting at 7:30 a.m. and East Upper School (grades 9-12) starting at 8 a.m. For the latest updates on East, please visit http://www.rcsdk12.org/east.
University of Rochester/East EPO Partnership
The University of Rochester, as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) for East High School, has assumed full management responsibilities for East, effective July 2015. The new East (http://www.rcsdk12.org/east) consists of a Lower School (grades 6-8) and an Upper School (grades 9-12), and aims to prepare all students for a successful transition into adulthood. A comprehensive community school with a robust set of services to support its diverse students, East offers a strong academic and career preparation program, including a daily advisory program and a full complement of athletic and extra-curricular activities that support and engage students.
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