The announcement was made during a Dec. 21 press conference at Mohonasen High School that included comments from Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Mohonasen Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Spring, Board of Education Vice President Lisa Gaglioti, Schenectady County Community College President Dr. Steady Moono, and Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Interim Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Kelsey.
“I’m very proud to support the great work happening here at Mohonasen,” said Santabarbara. “When it comes to education, the tools have changed. And with that, the jobs have changed and may continue to change as the technology changes. It’s up to us to do everything we can to prepare the next generation of students with the 21st century skills they need to be successful.”
The funds will be used to purchase to purchase equipment for the nanotechnology lab at the new Center.
Spring said the Board of Education and Mohonasen community took a “leap of faith” when in 2013 voters were asked to support a $48.2 million capital project that includes construction of the new Center.
“The capital project was overwhelmingly approved, even though it was clear that this type of program and partnership was unprecedented and that we would need to find additional resources to outfit some of the high tech labs that we were envisioning,” said Spring. “It is humbling and a great blessing to lead a district that is willing to think differently and take action on its vision.”
Spring expressed gratitude for the support of Santabarbara and Senator George A. Amedore, who has also helped secure funding for lab space at the new Center.
“Our theme for our district this year is ‘Mohonasen Moving Forward Together,’” said Spring. “The support of our Mohonasen district family, the greater Rotterdam community, our legislators, Schenectady County Community College, Capital Region BOCES and the region as a whole is a perfect example of how we can effect positive change for the good of our students when we work together.”