Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES breaks ground on Capital Project
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES broke ground on a $29.2 million capital project on Friday, June 17 at its main campus on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. The project is the first of its kind for BOCES 2 and will bring significant upgrades to the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center, the Educational Services Center and parking lots. It will also improve traffic flow for buses and other vehicles on campus.
"Today’s groundbreaking is the next step in developing a state-of-the-art learning environment for our students," said Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES District Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci. "As we conclude the celebration of our 60th anniversary year, we’re proud to lay the foundation for our next 60 years and beyond with these improvements.”
The project will increase classroom capacity to accommodate growth in enrollment in career and technical education programs and add space for professional development for teachers and administrators from around the region. In addition, there will be extensive electrical, heating, air conditioning and plumbing improvements to repair and replace infrastructure that is beyond its useful life.
Hundreds of students attend programs each year at the Career and Technical Education Center at WEMOCO from the nine component districts in BOCES 2: Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Holley, Kendall, Spencerport and Wheatland-Chili. BOCES 2 also welcomes students from surrounding districts. Classes include automotive technology; baking and culinary arts; carpentry; certified nurse assisting; computer technology; cosmetology; dental assisting; electrical; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; plumbing and heating; precision machining and welding.
The Educational Services Center serves as the main hub for Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, housing administrators and BOCES-wide departments, along with professional development space. The building will be expanded by 15,000 square feet to add special education classroom space and a new professional development center. BOCES 2 has emerged as a regional leader in professional development with dozens of training events and conferences attended by hundreds of teachers and administrators each year.
Residents approved the project during a BOCES-wide vote on Dec. 16, 2014. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.