(Ed: Here are two articles from Monday's paper about Rochester ALC, in its first year of operation. The students at the alternative learning center are catching up on their education and are dealing with issues like: truancy, substance abuse, homelessness and teen pregnancy. For whatever reason, these articles never appeared online.) These articles are here, still behind our print-only wall. But that is incorrectly marked. These were in Monday's edition. Here they are in full.)
Seventeen-year-old Eddie Espinobarros recalls being a third-grader, missing weeks of school at a time as his alcoholic father refused to bring him to school, instead using the morning to recover from last night's drunken stupor.
Almost a decade later, Espinobarros is still catching up for that lost time.
Espinobarros is a 10th-grader at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center, a secondary school program created this past fall for students who fail to succeed in a traditional school environment.
The school exists inside the cramped quarters of the Golden Hill Education Center, which is also home to the night school diploma program, the ninth-grade bridge transitions program, the Continuing Education Center for expecting teens and teenage parents and also Rochester Alternative Middle School. When those classes end for the day, the program houses night school. Seventy students are enrolled in the 10th through 12th grade ALC program, with 43 students in the 9th-grade bridge program and 36 students in RAMS.