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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:
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.
The Winter edition of the BOCES Connections Newsletter was handed out. See PDF in the related files.
An outstanding business partner award to Ron Richards of RASP Inc.
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 Douglas Huntley was honored for his leadership.