A change in administration of the Oneonta adult education program is expected to provide new options to participants while saving the local school district money, officials said Tuesday.

Following expected approval today by the boards of education of Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Oneonta City School District, BOCES will take over administration of the school program that prepares students for the high school equivalency examination.

The program will continue to be housed at the district’s Center Street building. There will be no changes in personnel, Oneonta Superintendent Joseph Yelich said. Pending approval, BOCES will take over oversight and management of the program, he said. The district will benefit in ways that include savings of about $65,000, as well as freeing staff members who have other responsibilities. In addition, BOCES will be able to reach a larger audience with a dedicated staff, he said.

BOCES adult and continuing education coordinator Robert Lishansky said his program has about two or three dozen people currently at several locations, and it would more than double if the expected approval is received. He said he’s hopeful that access to career and technical education that adult education students have through BOCES will make them more likely to pass the high school equivalency test.

Providing an opportunity to get a degree and acquire skills such as cosmetology, welding or culinary arts, helps both students and employers, he said. If the authorization is approved, it will become effective Thursday, Lishansky said.

For more information he can be reached at 286-7715, extension 103 or by email at rlishansky@oncboces.org.

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