Canton, Ogdensburg school superintendents meet with state education official to discuss challenges facing rural schools
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 5:30 pm

School district superintendents from Canton and Ogdensburg travelled to Watertown Thursday to meet with other school officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for education to discuss challenges facing rural schools.

State Senator Patty Ritchie led Deputy Secretary David Wakelyn on a tour of a Watertown school, and hosted the meeting with schools leaders from across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

“I was very pleased to have one of Governor Cuomo’s top education advisers personally spend time with area school officials to hear firsthand about the challenges facing rural schools in Northern and Central New York,” Ritchie said. “In addition to seeing our teachers and students at work in Watertown, Mr. Wakelyn had an opportunity to hear from students, teachers and administrators about a range of concerns in districts like Fulton and Sackets Harbor, Canton and Ogdensburg.”

Wakelyn was in Watertown to attend Thursday’s public hearing by the statewide Mandate Relief Council, which is seeking ideas for mandate relief to provide savings to taxpayers. Senator Ritchie asked him to use his time here to also learn more about local school issues.

The following school leaders were expected to attend:

Bill Lynch, Fulton City Schools

Pete Backus, Hannibal

Joe Menard, 1000 Island Central School

Fred Hall, Sackets Harbor

Bill Gregory, Canton

David Valois, Ogdensburg

David Glover, Morristown

Terry Fralick, Watertown

Judy Waligory, Carthage