Orleans/Niagara BOCES Opens New Special Education Center
The Orleans/Niagara BOCES recently opened the doors of the Godfrey Learning Center in Newfane. The site will serve as a combined learning center for two separate sites that were recently held at Niagara Falls High School and North Tonawanda High School. It will also include some students from Orleans Learning Center and students who have aged up from the Newfane Learning Center.
Administrator Krista Macomber says the new site will offer more opportunities for the high school students to interact and allow specialists, such as occupational and physical therapists and counselors, to work together to assist students. “We are very excited to have a new site,” says Macomber. “We are so grateful to the Newfane Central School District who have welcomed us with open arms and have been so helpful in getting us ready to accommodate our students.”
Macomber also wants to thank the BOCES and Newfane maintenance/custodial staff who helped with the move to the new site. “They were just phenomenal and really helped us get set up here. They are just tremendous and always ask if there is anything they can do for us.” The Newfane staff have even allowed some of the students to do their Work Based Learning with them, which is a very important part of their education.
On September 2nd, Macomber and her staff hosted an open house for the students and their families. “We had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see how excited the students were to see their new classrooms and meet their teachers,” she says. “I think it took a lot of their anxiety away about transitioning into a new building. I would be remiss not to thank our District Superintendent Dr. Godshall and our Director of Special Programs Dr. Barstys for their support. The teamwork has just been incredible and thanks to everyone we have this beautiful site. ”
If you are interested in working with students at the Godfrey Learning Center, go to the Orleans/Niagara BOCES website at www.onboces.org to the Employment section.