The board of trustees of the University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men recently accepted the retirement of the school’s president, Joseph Munno.
The retirement follows the decision to prohibit the school’s 2018 valedictorian from giving a speech at the graduation ceremony.
“It is the board’s responsibility to put the best interests of the school and its students at the forefront,” said Edward Yansen, board president. “The board of trustees recognizes the role that Mr. Munno has played in helping establish the school and creating a robust educational experience for young men living in Rochester. Given the situation and considering the mission and values of UPrep, we have accepted his retirement, effective Monday, July 9. We are initiating an immediate national search for new leadership.”
In the wake of the highly publicized graduation-day decision, board members noted disappointment that resulting negative attention distracted from the significant accomplishments of the school during its eight years of operation.
Since the school was founded in 2010, UPrep focused on creating a culture in which young men thrive and succeed. Since its first graduating class in 2015, UPrep had consistent graduation rates exceeding the national average, with June 2018’s graduation achieving 96 percent.
In a school in which 100 percent of students qualify for free/reduced lunches, daily attendance averages 93 percent, Saturday classes extend learning opportunities, inquiry-based instruction is driven by hands-on discovery and investigation and taking college credit courses are the norm.
UPrep’s mission is to establish a culture where all students thrive academically and holistically. It develops this culture through small classes, student empowerment, personalized attention and a focus on successful outcomes. A continuous emphasis is placed on preparation for life after high school, striving for a 100 percent graduation rate and all students being college- or career-ready. Visit for information.