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Chief School Officers Meet to Discuss Legislative Priorities

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

3 Legislators stand with 3 students

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, SkillsUSA member Lindsey Wilcox, Assemblyman Dan Stec, Kayla Harrington, Queensbury CSD, State Senator Betty Little, Jarod Quackenbush, South Glens Falls CSD

Chief School Officers and Board of Education Presidents from the 31 school districts in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES supervisory area discussed their 2018 legislative priorities with members of the NYS Legislature from both parties on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Southern Adirondack Education Center.

Education leaders are calling on legislators to:

  • Fund and Adjust the Foundation Formula
  • Increase the $30,000 threshold on BOCES Career and Technical (CTE) programs
  • Allow school districts with 51-100 or more employees to continue to participate in an experience rate Health Care Consortium or Trust.
  • Raise the Building Aid threshold for Small Capital Projects.


The Chief School Officers also recognized two outstanding business partners – Adirondack Studios based in Argyle and Camp Echo Lake of Warrensburg – for the positive impact they have had on students.

Skills USA students spoke about the organization and the Career and Technical Education programs they are enrolled in. Students from the Culinary Arts program prepared and served breakfast to a crowd of 100 people. Criminal Justice students assisted with parking and safety.

Read more about the event:
Post Star article
Saratogian article

student addressing guests

Jarod Quackenbush of South Glens Falls tells of his experience with SkillsUSA.

Culinary students and their instructor

Culinary students and Chef Jones get ready to serve breakfast.

School officials and student

Left to right: Adirondack Studios official Maurice O'Connell, Lindsely Wilcox of Argyle HS, Superintendent Michael Healy, and Art Department Chairman Rick Fleury.

Warrensburg officials with Camp Echo Lake director

Left to right: Warrensburg Board of Education President Doug West, Warrensburg Superintendent John Goralsky, Camp Echo Lake co-owner Laurie Rinke, State Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, and Assemblyman Dan Stec


room view

Attendees at the 2018 Legislative Breakfast