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Superintendents and Board Presidents Advocated for Education Funding

Chief School Officers and Board of Education presidents from the 31 school districts in the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES supervisory area discussed their 2019 legislative priorities with members of the New York State Legislature from both parties at the F. Donald Myers Education Center.

Superintendent Rutnik and Board of Education President Marc Mularz were both on hand to advocate for education funding in the following areas:

 

1.  Fund and adjust the Foundation Formula to reflect increases in the population of students who receive free and reduced lunch. Lake George Central School District has seen a 33.58% increase in its free and reduced lunch rate over the past nine years.

 

2.  Increase the threshold on BOCES Aid for Career and Technical Education programs. The current rate of reimbursement is $30,000, which was established in 1992. Many Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School students attend Career and Technical Education programs at the Southern Adirondack Education Center, Myers Education Center, and SUNY Adirondack.

 

3.  Raise the threshold for Building Aid for small capital projects from $100,000 to $250,000. This would enable the district to complete these projects and receive reimbursement from NYS in a timely manner. The NYS Education Department is currently taking nearly two years to review larger capital projects like the one Lake George residents recently passed in December 2018.  

 

4.  Improve the approval process for specific projects that are funded through the Smart Schools Bond Act, which revolves around the rapidly changing industry of educational technology.

 

While they were at the Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs, Superintendent Rutnik and Mr. Mularz visited Lake George students who participate in the Culinary Arts program there.

“It was great to see Marisa, Lisa, and John in their CTE environment,” said Superintendent Rutnik. “I know I speak for the Board and District when expressing how proud we are of their accomplishments. I was thrilled to see the results of their efforts to host an event for well over 100 people. I know they were surprised and happy to see us there. I anxiously await to see the paths career they choose after high school!”