Ilion’s Remington Elementary School was closed as a result of the recent merger of the Ilion and Mohawk school districts, but Kim Conley was on hand last week to tell the village board the school won’t be empty come September.
The Remington Educational Complex will house several Herkimer BOCES programs, including the Pathways Academy at Remington. Pathways Academy will allow students in grades 7-12, including students with and without disabilities, to receive individualized instruction in the least restrictive environment.
“Each kid learns at a different level,” said Conley. “The focus will be on individualized instruction.”
He noted some of the students who will attend the academy have become disenfranchised from their home school districts for one reason or another.
“We’ll be focusing on career clusters and pathways,” said Conley, who will serve as principal at Remington. “We’re looking at, not so much college, but a career so they can earn a sustainable living for a family of four.”
He said a public open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 to give local residents an opportunity to tour the facility.
Adult and community education programs, GED programs and others will also be housed at Remington, according to Conley.
There will be some 40 faculty and staff for the Pathways Academy alone, he said, and another 10 to 15 for adult literacy and other programs.
Ilion Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling asked if the school would need road salt from the village DPW. Conley wasn’t sure, but said he would check on the matter.
BOCES has a five-year lease with Central Valley Central School for use of the Remington school building, Conley said.
Central Valley students will attend either Barringer Road Elementary School in Ilion or Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk for grades K-4, Jarvis School in Mohawk for middle school, grades 5-8, and Central Valley Academy in Ilion for grades 9-12.