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Friday, Feb 18, 2011

Berkshire Union Free School District Gets Good Report Card from NY State

One of only three Special Act Schools ranked "in good standing" by NYS Education Department

For more information, contact Keith Toomey 518-781-4567 ext. 2542 or via email.

Canaan, NY – February 18, 2011 – On February 17, 2011 the New York State Education Department released its yearly report on the performance of school districts across New York State. The report ranked Berkshire Union Free School District (BUFSD) as a district in "Good Standing."

BUFSD’s achievement is significant when compared to other Special Act School Districts. Of the 13 Special Act School Districts in the state, three are slated to close due to financial distress incurred by the school or the residential treatment center. Of the remaining 10 Special Act School Districts, three have been designated as Persistently Lowest Achieving, and four have been designated as Requiring Academic Progress. Only Berkshire UFSD made their Annual Yearly Progress in ELA at both the elementary/middle and secondary levels.

"This accomplishment is something to be very proud of," said James Gaudette, BUFSD Superintendent, "and is a testimony to the dedication of all staff at Berkshire UFSD and Berkshire Farm Center." Gaudette explained that cooperation and collaboration between teachers and staff at the school and on Berkshire Farm Center’s residential campus is key to their success. "I extend my sincere gratitude to everyone in the entire Berkshire community," said Gaudette.

BUFSD is an accredited "Special Act" school district and is located on the residential campus of Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, one of New York State’s leading statewide, not-for-profit child welfare agencies. Berkshire Farm Center was founded in 1886 and provides life-changing experiences for some of the state’s most traumatized and at-risk youth. "These youth often come to Berkshire with little or no hope," said Timothy Giacchetta, Berkshire Farm Center CEO and BUFSD Board President. "Their futures become much brighter, however, as we help them to grow stronger and return to their homes, ready to become productive members of their communities."

In addition to residential-based therapeutic, recreational, and educational services (including BUFSD) for youth at its Residential Treatment Center in Canaan, New York, Berkshire Farm Center provides a broad array of community-based prevention, group home, and foster care programs for thousands of vulnerable children and their families throughout New York State. This year marks the 125th anniversary of Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

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