In the last newsletter I wrote about the possibility of a partnership between Alfred State, Erie 2 BOCES and Springville-Griffith Institute. I’m delighted to open this edition of the Bulletin with the news that we have moved forward with plans for our P-TECH collaboration. P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. Working with Alfred State University and Erie 2 BOCES, we will offer two pathways for students: Computer Information Systems and Electrical Construction and Electrical Maintenance Electrician. Through this collaboration, students will be concurrently enrolled in high school and college course work. Successful students will exit the six-year program with their Regents diploma from SGI and an Associate’s Degree from Alfred State. This program will be available to our SGI students, current 8th graders, and other students in our region as we look forward to opening in the Fall of 2018 in the temporary home of Springville High School.
Imagine if we have the chance to build partnerships with area industries and equip our students to fill vacancies in critical need areas within industry! A P-TECH center on our campus could eventually be used for adult learning in the evenings and help to grow our vibrant community. We are hoping to renovate the district office into a vital P-TECH learning center through a capital project, up for a vote in May 2018. Because this is an Erie 2 BOCES program, the local share of the capital project will be covered through a lease agreement resulting in zero cost to our local taxpayers. The successful passing of this capital project would also remove the cost burden of maintaining the district office, a non-student occupied space which does not generate any NYS capital aid. For example, replacing the roof on SES generates 79.8% back to the district in state aid while replacing the roof on the current district office generates no state aid back to the district. The conversion of the district office to a student occupied P-TECH center removes the local burden to our taxpayers.
Current Capital Project: The bids on our current project were accepted and were so favorable that we are able to complete all of our alternates too! Alternates are those things we would like to do, like better lighting in all of our parking lots, but were unable to include in the original scope of work to be bid. Contractors begin work in February, 2018 with the bulk of the work to be completed over the summer months in 2018 and 2019.
Our leadership team and teachers continue to focus on something called Change School: a learning space where we think about redefining rural public education. Interested in joining a group of other interested students, parents, teachers and school leaders to have a voice in what it means to be an SGI graduate? Please call me at 592-3230 or email me at email@example.com to join our coalition for change.