District Leaders Meet with Legislators to Discuss Priorities
Oct. 25, 2016
Nearly 100 chief school officers, board of education presidents and legislators from across the region met for the second annual Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES legislative breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Saratoga Springs. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas W. Huntley spoke at the event and joined Queensbury Board of Education President Dr. Jill Borgos in representing Queensbury Union Free School District.
The event brought participants together to discuss their priorities for students and schools. Some of those priorities included regional advocacy priorities established for 2016-17 by the 31 component school districts in WSWHE BOCES:
- Fund and adjust the Foundation Aid Formula.
- Allow reasonable reserves.
- Increase the $30,000 threshold on BOCES Aid for career and technical education (CTE) programs.
- Adjust the salary cap for district superintendents leading BOCES.
- Permanently fix the building aid payment rate.
- Adjust the “small group” definition for small group insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Locally, the event presented another opportunity for district leaders to share stories about education in Queensbury schools with New York State Senator Betty Little (pictured above, center) and Assemblyman Dan Stec (pictured at right, center).
Visit the district advocacy page for ideas on how community members can join in the advocacy effort.
The legislative breakfast was also a time for celebration, as participants recognized three businesses – The Fort Miller Group, The Sagamore Resort and AngioDynamics – for their support of schools across the region and the resulting positive effects on students.