On behalf of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, I am pleased to present the 2022-2023 SLL Services Guide. This guide outlines the quality and cost-effective services and programs we offer our component school districts.
This school year has proven to be as challenging as last year, when the optimism of a return to normal was dampened by first the Delta and then the Omicron COVID surge. It has tested the courage and endurance of every student and staff member in the region. Despite the challenges, we have again been able to keep our school and program doors open and continue to provide education and support for our students, staff and communities. It has been far from ideal but I am amazed and thankful on a daily basis for the efforts put forth to keep students learning and growing.
We were excited this year to have completed our BOCES Capital Project, and students and staff are enjoying the fully renovated, state of the art facilities. We can’t thank you enough for your support throughout this process and the commitment that you’ve made to Career & Technical Education. Our three CTE centers are now more vibrant places to learn relevant trades and skills, and they will serve as the workforce development hubs for our county for decades to come.
Throughout this long pandemic, BOCES has played a critical role in communications, public relations, food service management, legal services, instructional technology, support and professional development for virtual and remote instruction and school reopening plans. We have also provided support by serving as liaisons with public health officials, legislators and the state education department and by providing guidance and assistance with the distribution of student and staff COVID testing. The pandemic has demonstrated that now, more than ever, working together is essential in carrying out our shared mission.
We are prepared to play an important role in reshaping and rebuilding our educational systems post-pandemic. State budgets look stable and optimistic years into the future but regional goal setting, decision making, and program implementation will be necessary to ensure that these historic investments in our educational system bring desired results that are sustainable long after the federal funds have been expended.
I am confident that you’ll continue to be pleased with our efforts to provide quality programs and services. Our objective has always been to help increase student performance and enhance opportunities for all students in the component districts we serve.
We will meet whatever new challenges come next, through continued partnership, and look forward to another year.
Thomas R. Burns
District Superintendent/Executive Officer
315-386-4504, ext. 10150