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December 04, 2016
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Sullivan West: it takes a state to raise a child

BOCES administrators presented an overview of innovative interdisciplinary programs and partnerships with district schools and with other educational entities that include Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and Sullivan County Community College (SCCC). Larry Thomas, district superintendent of Sullivan County BOCES, illustrated one such example: Construction Tech program students helped build a low-cost greenhouse for CCE, which now grows herbs for the BOCES Career Technology Culinary Program.

Hackett closed the meeting with details of her recent attendance at a superintendents’ conference where she met with legislative representatives as well as the New York State Board of Regents and other district superintendents. She came away from those meetings with cautious optimism that state education funding may soon be restored to pre-recession levels and that Sullivan County now has an empathetic representative on the Board of Regents; Josephine Finn of Monticello was recently elected to replace an outgoing board member. Hackett is hopeful that the rural districts of the mid-Hudson valley will now have representation on a board historically weighted toward the needs of urban and suburban districts.