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Education Law Conference Draws 200+

This year's Western New York Education Conference drew more than 200 paricipants, maintaining its status as the largest school conference in the state. School board members, superintendents and other school administrators convened at the Millennium for a day focused entirely on apsects of education law presented by area school attorneys. After an opening address on "Hot Topics" in education law by Jay Worona, Chief Counsel and Deputy Executive Director for the NYS School Boards Association, participants could select from nine different presentations offered throughout the day. Topics ranged from APPR, 3020a & Everything in Between (pictured above), to Board Operations, School Safety Plans, Student Discipline, Grievances and Arbitrations, and Discrimination Claims. An update on Special Education law was provided, as well as a "Legal Hodge Podge" that covered residency, homelessness, and transgender students' rights.

Many thanks to Mr. Worona and fellow presenters from Erie 1 BOCES (Dan D'Amico and Kelly Eisenreid), Erie 2 CC BOCES (Michael Munley), Harris Beach (Shannon Buffum, Brendan Kelleher, Tracie Lopardi, Marnie Smith, Jeff Weiss), Hodgson Russ (Melanie Beardsley, Michael Flanagan, Andrew J. Freedman, Karl Kristoff, Jeff Swiatek), and the NYS Supervisor School & Community Outreach Unit (Sgt. Michael J. Keefe, Janice Severson). The WNY Education Law Conference is an annual event presented by the Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Education Service Council, in cooperation with the NYS Association of School Attorneys and the UB Law School.  

Posted on Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:48


Hamburg Recognized for Collaboration in Substance Abuse Prevention Effort

An Honorable Mention Hodgson Russ Collaboration Award was presented by ECASB to the Hamburg Central School District for its parent substance abuse awareness program that debuted this spring. Hamburg launched its Parent Drug Awareness Forum under the auspices of the Parent-Child Connection, in partnership with WNY United and local law enforcement. The initial 90-minute session was designed for parents of 8th graders. Next year, mandatory sessions will extend to parents of all 1160 high school students. PCC is cooperating with the Frontier Central School District, so parents from both districts can have  a choice of dates and locations for the sessions. School officials noted that parents have been requesting information on recognizing signs of drug/alcohol use in their teenagers and how to combat the problem. This program acknowledeges the troubling issue of student drug/alcohol use and takes action against it.

Photo ID: (From left) Hamburg Board of Education member Laura Heeter; Board of Education President David Yoviene; Dr. Carol Nowak, ECASB President; departing BOE member Patti Brunner-Collins, Ray Carr, ECASB Immediate Past President; Karl Kristoff, Partner at Hodgson Russ law firm, the sponsor of the Hodgson Russ Collaboration Awards, and Superintendent Michael Cornell.

Posted on Monday, 06 July 2015 09:08


Twilight Brings Honor to Erie 1 BOCES/KenTon Collaboration

Jon Ferraro was on the brink of dropping out of Kenmore East High School when he heard about an academic program that takes place in the late afternoon. That appealed to him because this winter he worked into the wee hours for a landscaping/snow-clearing service. "I can work into the morning, get some sleep and come to school," he said. His courseload: English 12, oceanography, government, and an on-line science class.

Developed in cooperation with the KenTon School District, Erie 1 BOCES began offering "Twillight," a late-afternoon academic option, as a way for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to earn the credits they need for a Regents diploma, with an option to learn a career and technical skill.

For some, it means a long school day. Michael Aaron, a senior from KenTon West, begins his day at the culinary program at Erie 1 BOCES KenTon Career & Tech Center. Then he travels to Kenmore West HS for physical education. and returns to BOCES at 3 p.m. to make up credits he needs for graduation. Ending school at 6:30 p.m. makes for a long day, but Aaron is determined to finish and join the army. "We do take a dinner break," noted Mitchell Tomtishen, then principal of the inaugural Twillight program at BOCES KenTon Center. "Often we dine on meals cooked by students in the culinary program." Late afternoon options are being offered to nearly 20 miles away at the Erie 1 BOCES Potter program." Some 30 students from mulitiple school districts are enrolled at the sites.

Read more: Twilight Brings Honor to Erie 1 BOCES/KenTon Collaboration

Posted on Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:18


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.

Read more: Kaleida 'Connections' Lead to Erie 1 BOCES Collaboration Honor

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.

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

Posted on Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:55


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