BOCES Capital Project

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Capital Project: Build Up CTE


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.”

Anticipated Project Timeline:

  • Finalize Project Scope and Budget (May 2018)
  • SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act)- Coordinated review (July 2018)
    • The SEQRA process must be completed before scheduling the referendum
    • This process is run by the BOCES architect in consultation with the attorney
  • BOCES Board sets the referendum process (Summer 2018)
    • The board passes a resolution establishing the date, time and place of vote
    • The board appoints officials to run the vote
    • The absentee voter procedures are established
  • Referendum (Fall 2018)
    • Project will require approval by eligible voters the SLL BOCES region.
    • Voters must be:
      • US citizen
      • 18 years or older
      • Resident of the BOCES for 30 days before the vote
    • Design Phase of Project (Begins Fall 2019)
    • State Education Department (SED)- review of project plans and specifications (Minimum of 6 month review process)
    • Dormitory Authority (DASNY)- financing of project
    • Project Bid Phase (Spring 2020)
    • Project Construction Phase (Begins Summer 2020)

CTE At A Glance

SLL BOCES Facilities Committee

The Facilities committee meets regularly to discuss current and upcoming repairs, upgrades, and the proposed capital project. The committee is comprised of BOCES and component district representatives including:

Thomas Burns, SLL BOCES District Superintendent 

Darin Saiff, SLL BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Nicole Ashley, Director of Financial Affairs

Kevin Perretta, Director of Facilities

Jane Akins, Director of CTE, Adult, and Alternative Education

Reneé Langtry-Green, Director of Special Education

Lori Remington, Director of IT

Rebekah Mott, Manager of Communications and Print Services

Roger Bennett, SLL BOCES BOE President

Michael Davis, SLL BOCES BOE Member

Jim Young, SLL BOCES BOE Member

Kevin Kendall, Superintendent of Ogdensburg City School District

Patrick Brady, Superintendent of Massena Central School District

Lauren French, Superintendent of Gouverneur Central School District

Eric Burke, Superintendent of Madrid-Waddington Central School District