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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Consortium including Herkimer BOCES, Capital Region BOCES, component districts wins $348,311 leadership grant
Oct. 27, 2014



A consortium of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, Capital Region BOCES and 17 school districts has won a $348,311 grant from the New York State Education Department to enhance and expand the expertise of area principals.

The “Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership” (STLE-D) will fund support for up to 45 principals from the consortium districts, including mentors, trainings and participation in a professional learning community with other principals. Programming is slated for November 2014 to June 2015.

Districts in the STLE-D consortium include: Herkimer, Central Valley, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Mount Markham, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cohoes, Duanesburg, Guilderland, Middleburgh, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie and Voorheesville. Capital Region BOCES’ Educational Support Services staff will lead the program.

“This grant will provide the educational leaders of Herkimer Central School District and other grant participants with training and opportunities for professional development, which will be critical to us, as we strive to improve instruction in our schools,” Herkimer Central School District Superintendent Robert Miller said. “We could not afford to provide our principals with these opportunities without the support of the STLE grant funds.  Professional learning communities supported by this grant allow our educational leaders to enter into dialogues and share ideas, which will ultimately improve our student outcomes and assist Herkimer Central School District in achieving its mission: to provide our students with the educational opportunities that they will need to lead successful and prosperous lives.”

The grant was one of 21 awarded state-wide. The application was written by Capital Region BOCES’ Grants & Development Service.

 “Education is rapidly changing, and it is important to give our principals professional support and build upon their leadership skills,” Central Valley Assistant Superintendent Cindy Stocker said. “This grant provides them with a great opportunity to learn from some of the most forward-thinking people in the field. Equally important, it creates a vehicle for our principals to reach out to other principals, sharing the best ideas across schools and BOCES.”

Stocker added that this grant is not simply about improving principals.

“Strong principals will help develop a culture where people work together and strengthen instruction and evaluation,” she said. “In the end, that translates into a better education for our students.”





 
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