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Chief School Officers Outline 2020 Legislative Priorities

Friday, January 17, 2020

Chief School Officers and Board of Education presidents from most of the 31 school districts in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES supervisory area discussed their 2020 legislative priorities with members of the New York State Legislature from both parties on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Southern Adirondack Education Center. Education leaders are calling on legislators to:

  1. Fund and adjust the Foundation Formula
    • Review and Update the Foundation Aid Amount that currently is $6,714 per pupil to more accurately reflect the cost of educating a student;
    • Provide a minimum increase of 2% in Foundation Aid to all school districts;
    • Adjust the weighting factor for free and reduced lunch to reflect large increases in number of students who qualify for this program.
    • Maintain the “SAVE Harmless” provision. While many districts, including ours, have lost enrollment, the decrease is generally not sufficient to reduce staffing.
  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. Allow Districts to Access the BOCES Health Safety and Risk Management Service to Offset the Costs, and to Increase the Number of School Resource Officers.
  4. Support a Permanent Solution to the Small Group Health Insurance Issue.

Guests speakers from G.A. Bove Fuels and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce spoke about the critical need for skilled workers in the area and the difficulties employers have in creating a sustainable pipeline for the future.

“I am turning away customers because I can't find people to work for me,” said John B. Bove, of G.A. Bove Fuels. "The need is that great," he said.

With skilled workers retiring, the need to replace them grows. Bove praised CTE programs and encouraged lawmakers to support them. 

A video highlighting the issue and how quality CTE instruction is critical to solving the issue was shown, see below.

The Chief School Officers also recognized two outstanding business partners – Saratoga Builders Association and RASP Inc. – 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 100 people. Criminal Justice students assisted with parking and safety. 

Click here for more photos of the event.

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



Business Industry Award recipient

An outstanding business partner award to Ron Richards of RASP Inc. 

Business Industry Award recipient

Stillwater Central Schools Superintendent Patricia Morris, Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District Superintendent Patrick Pomerville and Nancy DeStefano of WSWHE BOCES presented the outstanding business partner award to Saratoga Builders Association.

Queensbury Superintendent honored for his leadership

Queensbury Superintendent Douglas Huntley was honored for his leadership.


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