Funding Will Help Canton, Potsdam Explore Options for Increased Efficiency
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $25,000 in special funding to help the Canton Central School district cover the cost of a joint merger study with the Potsdam Central School District.
“It’s so critical that students here in the North Country are provided the best educational opportunities possible,” said Senator Ritchie. “That’s why I’ve been working hard to secure increased funding and create a more equitable financial aid formula that benefits our local schools that are looking to be creative in finding ways to stretch every dollar.”
The $25,000 in special funding represents Senator Ritchie’s most recent effort on behalf of the Canton Central School District. Last year, Canton received a total of $125,000 in unrestricted funding on top of the $1.752 million in additional school aid Senator Ritchie helped secure for the district over the past two years.
Brings Total to Over $160,000 in Aid for Libraries in
Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties
State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing she has secured a second round of special funding, bringing the total of aid she delivered to libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to more than $160,000.
The most recent round of $76,000 in special funding will be split between 24 area libraries and builds upon an additional $85,000 in aid announced by Senator Ritchie in June, as well as a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide.
“As summer draws to a close and students return to the classroom, many turn their focus towards getting back to the books,” said Senator Ritchie, who serves on the recently re-formed State Senate Select Committee on Libraries.
“Our area’s libraries are an outstanding educational resource, not only for students but adults as well. I am thrilled to be able to provide this funding, which will go a long way towards increasing access to educational opportunities, entertainment, job-search tools and so much more at the many libraries throughout our region.”
As students in Central and Northern New York prepare to head back to the classroom, State Senator Patty Ritchie is releasing the results of her 2013 School Survey, which shows that most people give high ratings to area schools, but have concerns about more rigid standards under the state’s new Common Core as well as bullying in schools.
It’s hard to believe that students are gearing up for the start of another school year full of fun and new challenges. Just like students who will be studying hard, I’m working hard to ensure our children are getting the quality education they deserve and that parents and taxpayers receive the value they expect.
A big part of working to improve educational opportunities is listening to your opinions and ideas when it comes to our schools. Recently, nearly 2,100 parents, students and taxpayers weighed in on the state of education in our region through my 2013 School Survey, which covered everything from curriculum to school safety. Through the survey, most participants—84 percent—said that our schools are doing a great job educating future leaders, rating our schools as “excellent” or “good.” You can check out the full results here.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited students who are part of Oswego County's "New Vision" program to speak with them about her role in the New York State Senate and answer their questions.
The New Vision programs are immersion based programs, developed through a partnersheep between Oswego county BOCES and SUNY Oswego's School of Education, that are designed for college-bound seniors who have an interest in law and government health care or education fields.
State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Parish Public Library recently to tour the library and meet with staff and volunteers.
Parish Public Library was the recipient of $3,000 in special funding secured by Senator Ritchie. This award is part of $161,000 in special funding the Senator was able to secure in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries across New York State.
A strong supporter of libraries, Senator Ritchie is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s Annual Membership Dinner Meeting, speaking to attendees about the importance of the organization and recognizing JRC for its role in the community.
Founded in 1954, JRC has provided programs and services to countless developmentally disabled children and adults in the Jefferson County area and currently serves more than 1,000 individuals and their families annually. In addition, JRC is also a major employer in the North Country, with more than 650 staff members.