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City and School District Announce “Collaboration For Progress”

Collaboration for Progress

The City of Poughkeepsie and the City School District announced today the launch of a new “collaboration for progress” designed to leverage the strengths of both organizations for the benefit of all. The partnership seeks-out opportunities to work together where missions align, and to identify potential shared services that improve organizational efficiencies, reduce costs, or which enhance the quality of life in the community.

A Renewed Partnership…

Interim Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Farrell and School Board President Dr. Felicia Watson met this week with Mayor Rob Rolison, City Administrator Marc Nelson and Corporation Counsel Paul Ackermann, to discuss key areas that could most clearly benefit from a renewed partnership between the City and its School District.

The new partnership will focus on the primary issues of safety, infrastructure, and community engagement.

Mayor Rolison said “At City Hall we know the importance of seizing opportunities that come with transition. Greater alignment between the school district and city government will take our community further in the right direction, while at the same time assuring improved outcomes for our students. We look forward to working with Dr. Farrell in her new role, and we know that our newly constituted School Board, led by Dr. Watson, is committed to this also.”

Dr. Watson said, “The future of any community is built on the strength of its children. Quality education is its cornerstone. The positive change over the past two years in the City of Poughkeepsie and within our School District have set the stage for increased collaboration that will bring together our students, teachers, administrators, parents, community organizations and our local government.”

Dr. Farrell said, “The collaboration of our public school, our community partners, city government, as well as our faith-based partners, is essential as we strive to meet the needs of our youth and their families. The relationships that develop via collaboration provide a wide net of support and assure that our students succeed.  There are many areas where the city and district can work together in a cost effective manner — saving our taxpayers dollars, working efficiently, and making improvements for all citizens to enjoy. “