Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES celebrated the completion of its first-ever large-scale capital project on Oct. 15. Moving Forward Together: A Capital Project Celebration featured a ribbon cutting, the unveiling of commemorative plaques and an open house.
The project increased classroom capacity for students in career and technical education and special education. It provides the region with a large professional development center for training educators from around Western New York and the Finger Lakes region. The project also made long overdue upgrades to infrastructure, such as plumbing, HVAC, electrical and site work.
“I have never seen as much cooperation, collaboration and teamwork as I did pulling this project together,” said Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES District Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci during her remarks. “We did it together, and we are moving forward together: students, families, component districts and their communities.”
The nine BOCES 2 component district superintendents joined Antonacci to cut the ribbon in the new Professional Development Center on the Big Ridge Road campus in Spencerport. BOCES 2 Board of Cooperative Education members took part in the unveiling of two plaques that will be hung in the Educational Service Center and the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center.
Following the brief formal ceremony, attendees toured campus buildings and sampled food prepared by Career and Technical Education students in baking, culinary arts, food services and personal services programs.
“Our staff is experiencing a renewed energy around their work,” Antonacci said. “Communities continue to be informed about what 21st-century learning means at BOCES 2 and our students are inspired by endless opportunities.”
Voters approved the $29.2-million project approved on Dec. 16, 2014 and construction began in the spring of 2016.