BOCES makes progress on building project

NORTH NORWICH – For the first time in Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES’ history, a major re-design and expansion is quickly changing the landscape at the North Norwich facility.

After breaking ground in May, contractors for the $48 million project got started on the inside of the building. By the time students entered in September, transformations throughout could already be seen. For starters, the cosmetology, environmental conservation and auto body departments now have state-of-the-art equipment as well as custom- designed, upgraded classrooms.

Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Marki L. Clair-O’Rourke explains the classrooms are designed to reflect what the students will encounter once they enter the workforce. Clair-O’Rourke said she would not hesitate to compare the cosmetology salon to those that can be found in New York City. Assistant Superintendent of Management Services Dave Blom agrees, saying, “The kids can get used to working in a much higher quality atmosphere and when entering the workforce, they will not be out of their element.”

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