The district-wide plan was adopted by the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services at regular meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
BOCES Efficiency Study: Identifying Options for the Future
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES recently commissioned a study to identify options for the future of our technology, school improvement and special education services. This study provides recommendations which BOCES leadership is in the process of evaluating, and the implementation of these recommendations will be aimed at maximizing the value of our services. The foundation of the study is 10 cultural attributes that guide BOCES operations.
The full report can be accessed here. Please use the Let's Talk! portal titled "BOCES Efficiency Study" for any communications about the study, including questions, comments, or concerns. If you would like a response, don't forget to include your contact information in the Let's Talk form.
Voters Approve St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Capital Project
—Construction on the three career and technical education buildings expected to begin in 2020—
On October 9, 2018, voters approved the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES capital project 992 to 141 in a public referendum. Voting was held from 12PM to 8PM at each career and technical education (CTE) center location, as well as the educational services center in Canton. 1,133 votes were cast, including absentee ballots.
The approved proposal totals $43.5 M. Work at Seaway Career and Technical Education Center in Norwood totals $18.3 M. The renovations at Southwest Career and Technical Education Center in Fowler will cost $9.76 M. At Northwest Career and Technical Education Center in Ogdensburg, the work will cost $15.5M.
The approved project proposal will update infrastructure including plumbing, electrical systems and ventilation, and also add space at Seaway Tech to accommodate increasing enrollments. Seaway Tech has the largest enrollment of the three centers.
The BOCES is working with architects from March Associates, who will begin the design phase of the project this week. The design phase is expected to take roughly 5 months. Designs must be submitted to the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) for approval. NYSED review time is currently estimated at 38-40 weeks. Bids on the project from construction companies will open after NYSED grants its approval. Construction is anticipated to start in spring of 2020.
“The voting results speak for themselves,” said BOCES District Superintendent Thomas Burns. “Most people in the North Country have been touched in some way by CTE programming, whether it be a family member who graduated from one of the programs, or an employer who has hired one of our graduates. A majority of high school juniors and seniors in our area attend a CTE program every day and we owe it to them to provide a modern learning environment. We thank the voters for their support and look forward to beginning the renovation process.”
Our Career and Technical Education alumni go on to do great things. Below, read what Dorothy M. Davis PMC MSN RN has to say about her experience at Northwest Tech and how it shaped her career success.
“ Northwest Tech offered me a tremendous opportunity, and I remain so grateful for it to this day. I graduated in 1994 and passed my state nursing boards, becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, a few months later. While some of my classmates were off to college and others still deciding what they would do with their young lives, I was a licensed health care professional working as a charge nurse in the local nursing home at the age of eighteen. I eventually went on to obtain my associate's degree in nursing, followed by a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and then a Post-Master’s certificate in nursing leadership and management.”
Dorothy M. Davis PMC MSN RN
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD