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Chief School Officers Outline 2019 Legislative Priorities

Monday, January 14, 2019

4 students with Daphne Jordan

Kora Austin (Saratoga Springs CSD), State Senator Daphne Jordan, Dylan Bruce (Cambridge CSD), Alexis Moseman (Saratoga Springs CSD), Abigail Decker (Ballston Spa 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 2019 legislative priorities with members of the New York State Legislature from both parties on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the F. Donald Myers Education Center. Education leaders are calling on legislators to:

  1. Fund and adjust the Foundation Formula
    • Adjust the weighting factor for free and reduced lunch to reflect large increases in this population.
    • Maintain the “SAVE Harmless” provision. Many districts have lost enrollment, however, the enrollment decrease is generally not sufficient to further decrease staffing.
    • Provide a minimum increase in foundation aid to all school districts.
    • Review and update the foundation amount - currently $6,557.00 per pupil.
  2. Increase the $30,000 threshold on BOCES Aid for Career and Technical (CTE) programs established in 1992. Ensure that students have access the CTE pathway by providing 100% aidability for the salaries of CTE teachers.
  3. Raise the Building Aid threshold for small capital projects.
  4. Improve approval process for specific projects to be funded through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Guests speakers from D.A. Collins Construction Co., Morcon Tissue, and Telescope Furniture spoke about the critical need for skilled workers in the area and the difficulties employers have in creating a sustainable pipeline for the future.

“The need for people to build this country is staggering,” David Collins, of  D.A. Collins Construction Co. said. “The number of people with a skills background is staggeringly small. There’s going to be a lot of work. We need a skilled workforce. It starts right here with programs like this.”

A video highlighting the issue was shown, see below.

The Chief School Officers also recognized two outstanding business partners – Irving Tissue based in Fort Edward and R.J. O’Brien Insurance Agency of Glens Falls – for the positive impact they have had on students.

SkillsUSA and FFA students spoke about their organizations 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 over 90 people. Criminal Justice students assisted with parking and safety. Horticulture students created beautiful centerpieces for the tables.

See below for media coverage of the event:

Post Star article

Saratogian article

Photo gallery

The Winter edition of the BOCES Connections Newsletter was handed out. See PDF in the related files.



students serving breakfast

Culinary Arts students serve breakfast to guests including Regent Beverly Ouderkirk and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh.

award for outstanding business partner

Glens Falls City Schools Superintendent Paul Jenkins (left) presented the outstanding business partner award to John O'Brien of R.J. O'Brien Insurance Agency (second to left).

award for outstanding business partner

Fort Edward Union Free  School Superintendent Daniel Ward (right) presented the outstanding business partner award to Irving Tissue officials. 


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