Upstate New York Schools Rally Help for Flood-Stricken Districts

Monday, September 26, 2011

Greater Southern Tier BOCES and many of its member school districts are pitching in to help school districts affected by the catastrophic flood that hit nearly three weeks ago.

"The collaboration among the districts in the GST BOCES region was amazing," said Brian Bentley, superintendent of buildings and grounds at GST BOCES. "The willingness to help others in hard times is commendable."

Much of the aid has been given to the Owego-Apalachin School District, which is a member of Broome-Tioga BOCES.

In that district, Owego Elementary School has been relocated to the former Union-Endicott middle school, which was vacant after it closed last year, said Erin Edger, spokeswoman for GST BOCES.

Elmira Schools Superintendent Joe Hochreiter said the district is glad to help Owego-Apalachin.

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