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Roger B Clough II Announces Partnerships with Local Colleges and Universities

In his mission to provide the best opportunities for success for the students of the Massena Central School District, Roger Clough has worked with neighboring colleges and universities to help further student opportunities and potential for their lives after they leave the district.

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Roger B Clough II and the Massena Central School District are pleased to announce their partnership with several of the community’s colleges and universities to provide exciting new opportunities for their high school students.

Among the Massena Central School District’s collegiate partners are St. Lawrence University, the State University of New York at Canton, and the State University of New York at Potsdam. Through these collegiate partners, Roger B Clough II and the Massena School District are able to provide both their staff and students with more opportunities.

Through their collaboration with St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, Roger B Clough II and the Massena Central School District are able to offer their students more comprehensive and relevant Tech Prep programs. By working with the university to see the level at which they expect incoming students to perform, as well as see the offering available to the university’s students, Roger B Clough II has been able to work with those in the school district to reformulate the district’s course offerings to better prepare its students for what they will face during their post-secondary education.

Roger B Clough II also believes that one of the best ways to better prepare students is to better prepare their teachers. To that end, Roger B Clough II and the Massena School District have partnered with the State University of New York at Potsdam to offer professional development opportunities to reading and grade-level educators through the university’s Summer Institute.

Continuing their relationship with the state’s local colleges and university, Roger B Clough II and the Massena Central School District have also established a partnership with the State University of New York at Canton. The State University of New York at Canton offers a “Smart Scholars Program.” The program allows high school students to earn up to 20 hours of college credit. Through a special arrangement with the university, Roger B Clough II has arranged to make this opportunity available to students enrolled in the district’s alternative education program as well.

Roger B Clough II is proud of the relationships that he and the school district have been able to establish with neighboring colleges and universities. “These relationships enable the district to do great things for its staff and students, and continue improving what our students are able to accomplish in their time with us,” said Roger B Clough II.

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Roger B Clough II Announces New Relationships for the School District

Roger B Clough II has been working with entities outside of the school district to save money on services that they are able to share.

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When Roger B Clough II took the reins as Massena Central School District’s Superintendent in 2008, the district was having serious financial problems. Roger B Clough II did what he needed to do in order to solve the problems to best prepare for the current school year, but afterwards he continued to look for ways to cut down on unnecessary school district expenditures in order to provide more opportunities for the district’s students.

A major help to this mission was Roger B Clough II’s partnering with other entities in order to cut costs for district services. Roger B Clough II was able to share district services with several other entities to save resources for both parties. A primary partner in this mission was BOCES, the state of New York’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Roger B Clough II was able to move many of the district’s vital services to the BOCES facilities. For example, the school district’s Central Business office, as well as their servers and technology department were moved to BOCES and serviced by their employees.

Roger B Clough II worked to share services with the city wherever possible as well. A contract with Massena Memorial Hospital allowed for staff and student physicals, and various other physician services. Roger B Clough II has also partnered heavily with the Village of Messina. Roger B Clough II has negotiated a shared transportation facility with Messina, where buses and district transportation are housed, repaired, and fuel service is shared as well.

Roger B Clough II looks for every opportunity to share services with surrounding cities and schools. This saves taxpayers money, as the costs are split between the school and other public entities. It also allows both parties more funds to address other issues; in the case of Massena Central School District the money can be use to provide further programs and improvements for district students. Roger B Clough II is thrilled with the success of the program and will continue expanding its implementation wherever he is able. “The Massena Central School District is a leader on sharing services; we are excited about the things that the program has allowed the district to do,” said Roger B Clough II.

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