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Orleans/Niagara BOCES Board of Ed Member Janice Covell Recognized by WNYSEC

Janice Covell, a board of education member of Orleans/Niagara BOCES was recently recognized by the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYSEC).  Mrs. Covell, who represents the Starpoint Central School District, was honored virtually by the council at the end of May. 

Mrs. Covell was nominated by BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Clark Godshall and the Board of Education because she represents the best qualities and professional achievement in service to education.  She was this year’s winner in Board of Education category of the awards. 

She has served on the board for fifteen years and is a member of the Niagara Orleans School Board Association (NOSBA) and NYSSBA (New York State School Boards Association).  She has served as the President and Vice President of the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Board of Education and also been in charge of NOSBA.  “Janice has always had a passion for public education,” says Dr. Godshall.  “Thanks to her ability to see the “big picture”, she is the perfect person to help set a school district’s direction and help to achieve BOCES’ mission.  She has a strong sense of stewardship and is indispensable with her knowledge of New York State education laws and policies.  She is a true advocate for education.” 

Mrs. Covell says she is very honored to receive this award.  “You are the school when you are a board member,” she says.  “You affect what is going on there beyond going to meetings and setting policy.  I think it is very important to know the administrators by first name and say hello to the teachers and staff and see if they need to talk about anything.  My goal is not to interfere, I just want them to feel comfortable enough with me to ask me questions or voice concerns.”   

“We have been fortunate to have Janice on our Board of Education for many years,” says Godshall.  “She is the first one to champion any cause that will benefit students and is an amazing source of information of what is happening at the state and local level that will impact our BOCES.” 

Janie at desk with award