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Chief School Officers Recognize Elected Officials, Businesses, and Reveal Legislative Priorities
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Chief School Officers and Board of Education Presidents from the 31 school districts in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES supervisory area recognized members of the NYS Legislature from both parties on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Southern Adirondack Education Center.
“Ten school districts within the WSWHE BOCES area were faced with new federal rules affecting how certain employers would be impacted by the Affordable Care Act and New York State Law,” said WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter. “Those ten school districts would have been forced to leave the WSWHE Health Insurance Trust, an experienced rated plan, in order to join a community rated plan. The absence of those ten school districts would have adversely affected the remaining districts in the trust, resulting in an estimated amount of $2,297,114 in Additional Health Insurance Premiums.”
WSWHE BOCES education leaders approached members of the New York State Legislature in June 2015 to address this item, and members from both parties worked diligently to draft and pass Bills to postpone the impact of the current law.
“On behalf of the taxpayers in our region, the superintendents and Boards of Education wanted to formally thank the legislators and recognize their leadership in finding a way to implement the federal law without adversely impacting residents,” said Mr. Dexter.
At the November 12, 2015 event, Chief School Officers also recognized three outstanding business partners – The Adirondack Trust Company, GE Global Research, and Irving Tissue – for the positive impact they have had on students.
“These businesses have donated countless hours to mentor students, provide Work-Based Learning experiences, and allow students to tour their facilities and learn about careers,” said Mr. Dexter.
Education leaders also reviewed their legislative priorities for 2015-2016. They are calling on legislators to: