It's back to school for students and back to finding solutions for school leaders in Schuyler County. They gathered in Watkins Glen Wednesday to share ideas on the state of education. YNN's Crystal Cranmore explains how the business community can impact the future of education in Schuyler County.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- It's a conversation that people are having every day: the state of our education system. Like many districts across the state, those in Schuyler and Steuben counties have faced several obstacles of their own.
“The challenges are partly fiscal in terms of less resources available. There are certainly challenges due to the implementation of the common core,” said Jim Frame, Odessa-Montour CSD Superintendent.
Leaders from the Odessa Montour, Watkins Glen and Bradford Central school districts talked with businesses in the area to discuss their obstacles and to see if they could help further education in the county.
“We talked a lot about them lending their expertise to us, how they want our students prepared about helping our teachers get real world experiences so that could affect their instruction,” said Frame.
Business leaders say they intend to come up with a plan of action to expose more students to career opportunities.
“There was also a lot of conversation about how education is power and about how we should use that power as a business community to help the school district but more importantly help our students who will be the future leaders of our community,” said Rebekah LaMoreaux, Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce President.
During Wednesday’s meeting, School leaders also updated the community on their initiatives to overcome some of their challenges; such as Watkins Glen school district's consolidation project. School officials say they will always work toward finding solutions to continue provide a top education for students in the county.