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Kaleida 'Connections' Lead to Erie 1 BOCES Collaboration Honor

For 16 years, Erie 1 BOCES has held the New Visions: Connections program at Kaleida's Millard Fillmore Hospital, and in September will expand to a second location in Buffalo's Medical Corridor. In this program, honors-level high school seniors observe careers in many health areas through a mentor relationship with a practicing professional. The four-credit program includes Anatomy, Physiology and Disease, Health Core/internship, English 12 and Social Studies: Participation in Government & Economics. Each of these one-credit courses is integrated into the curriculum. Students spend three hours each day at a designated hospital site taking course work and observing all aspects of health careers.

Various Kaleida departments provide in-kind contributions of time and expertise from surgeons to the CEO, including: Medical & Surgical Acute Care, Infection Control, Surgery, Rehabilitative Therapies, Diagnostic Imaging, Primary Care Clinics, Critical Care, Pharmacy, Research, and Administrative Services.

The expanded partnership will provide access to more than 20 unique clinical sites, including: Radiology/Imaging, Dietary, Critical Care Units, Surgical Services, Quality/Infection Control, Administration, Cardio vascular Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, GI Lab, Rehabilitative Medicine, Neurosciences (Stroke/Endovascular Neurosurgery), and Biomedical/Clinical Engineering. The program provides students with in-depth learning opportunities to address the shortage of college/university, with many pursuing careers in the health care field. The program has an exceptional retention rate: 95+%.

Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education President John Sherman displays the Collaboration Honor Award Plaque with Kaleida representatives as (back) ECASB President Dr. Carol Nowak and Hodgson Russ Partner Karl Kristoff look on. Photo by Lori Sosenko.

Posted on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:08

 

Raising Readers WNY Program Gets Hodgson Russ Excellence in Collaboration Honor for West Seneca Schools

Every year, the Erie County Association of School Boards recognizes outstanding examples of school district collaboration with its Hodgson Russ Excellence in Collaboration Award. The Award recognizes collaboration that helps improve the educational program and propels a district toward excellence. It recognizes a program that is unique, but can be replicated by others. This year at its Annual Dinner Meeting, the top collaboration award of excellence went to the West Seneca School District for its "Raising Readers WNY" program.

In this program, a pediatrician or other family practioner distributes a free book to an infant's caregiver at pre-identified "well baby" visits. The book is kept by the family and the infant's library begins to grow. The goal is to promote the practice of reading aloud with infants and young children to help build children's literacy.

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Posted on Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:55

 

New ECASB School Board Members Complete NYS-required 6-hr. Trainings

There are few requirements to run for school board - you must be 18, a U.S. citizen, a member of your district at least 30 days before the vote, and able to read and write. Once you're elected, however, two six-hour training courses are required by New York State before the completion of your first year in office. One is the six-hour Governance and Accountability Training and the other is a six-hour session in Fiscal Oversight and Responsibility. The Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB) and Erie 1 BOCES, approved training providers, conducted these sessions on Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 13. ECASB congratulates these 21 new ECASB school board members for successful completion of the goverance training requirement: David Vohwinkel, Cheektowaga-Sloan; Dennis Priore, Clarence; Michael Montoro, Cleveland Hill; David Patton, Frontier; Jennifer Gernat, Gowanda: Richard D'Agostino and Joy Lamarca, Grand Island; Robbin List, Richard Schneider and Michael McGarry, Hamburg; Jane Sullivan, Iroquois, Andrew Gianni, Ken-Ton; Kathleen Chiavetta, Lake Shore; Kelly Depczynski, Lancaster; Cindy Strong and Brian Pilarski, Maryvale; Brandi LoBianco, North Collins; Elizabeth Casey and Garret English, Springville-GI; Heather Sternin and Brooke Kasprzak, Tonawanda; Shawn P. Lemay and Mark Mecca, Williamsville.

We congratulate these new ECASB school board members on competion of their Fiscal Oversight & Responsibility Training requirement: Steven Hartman, Alden; Matthew Weigand, Cheektowaga; David Vohwinkel, Cheektowaga-Sloan; Dennis Priore, Clarence; Michael Montoro, Cleveland Hill; David Patton, Frontier; Jennifer Gernatt, Gowanda; Richard D'Agostino and Joy LeMarca, Grand Island; Richard Schneider, and Michael McGarry, Hamburg; Jane Sullivan, Iroquois; Andrew Gianni, Ken-Ton; Kathleen Chiavetta, Lake Shore; Kelly Depczynski, Lancaster; Cindy Strong and Brian Pilarski, Maryvale; Brandi LoBianco, North Collins; Elizabeth Casey and Garret English, Springville-GI; Heather Sternin and Brooke Kasprzak, Tonawanda; Shawn P. Lemay and Mark Mecca, Williamsville.

Welcome to all of our new ECASB school board members and congratuations to these members on completion of their 6-hour training requirements. ECASB provides additional programs for school board members throughout the year to aid in the continuing professional development of school board members.

Erie 2 CC BOCES District Superintendent David O'Rourke, Ph.D., speaks with new school board members at Saturday morning governance training session.

Posted on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:20

   

David Lowrey's Service to Education

Honored with Diana Miller Award

David Lowrey, from the Iroquois and Erie 2 BOCES Boards of Education, was honored as the 2015 Diana R. Miller Award recipient at the Erie County Association of School Boards Annual Dinner Meeting. Established in 1981 in honor of late Lancaster Board of Education member, the award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the betterment of education and/or assisted ECASB in achieving its mission on behalf of public education.

"Mr. Lowrey had dedicated his life to the betterment of education through his career and unprecendented community involvement. An intelligent, resourceful, student-based leader, Mr. Lowrey has been a pillar of strength and support through numerous challenging times at Iroquois. He has established an unprecedented level of trust and accountability between the Board, teachers, staff and community. A lifelong learner himself, Mr. Lowrey constantly advocates and encourages the continuing development of Board members. Mr. Lowrey's impressive resume, along with his many years of involvement at the county and state level, verifies that he understands the true meaning of a board member's responsibility to serve the children of New York State through the betterment of education," observed Iroquois School Superintendent Douglas Scofield.

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Posted on Friday, 05 June 2015 10:35

 

'Equity, not adequacy, is the funding issue'

Did you know that $1 out of every $10 spent on education in the U.S. is spent in New York State? So said David Little, Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association, at the ECASB "Albany Update" Winter Dinner program. "Equity, not adequacy, is the funding issue," he said. New York State is not in a position to institute new taxes even if it wanted to, he said, noting "We already have every tax in the nation, and we tax it at the highest rates."

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Posted on Friday, 16 January 2015 09:27