At Berkshire Junior/Senior High School’s 2016 Graduation and Recognition Day Ceremony, the administration honored two friends of the organization for their dedication to its students and mission with honorary diplomas. Berkshire Union Free School District Superintendent Bruce Potter presented a diploma to Dr. James Baldwin, Executive Vice President for Excelsior College, and loyal partner to Berkshire. Also recognized was Dr. Paula Consolini, Director for the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College. Both honorees are passionate about providing opportunities for vulnerable youth.
“We are truly impressed by the level of dedication shown by our honorees to the advancement of our student population,” said Potter. “Our community at Berkshire thrives because of the passion and genuine interest of our friends and partners in the success of our students.”
Dr. James Baldwin was District Superintendent at the educational services agency, Questar III BOCES, before serving as Executive Vice President for Excelsior College. He is a champion for student engagement and helped to found Warren Street Academy in Hudson, NY, for students with academic challenges, alongside the school districts of Hudson and Catskill.
“Dr. Baldwin’s work in helping to craft the legislation that made Warren Street Academy possible has also played a significant role in the school’s ability to grant 15 high school diplomas to students working to overcome educational obstacles,” said Potter. “His efforts have in part created opportunity for students in our own district and cut $500,000 in yearly personnel and transportation costs for the other participating districts.”
From Plattsburgh to Long Island and Buffalo to Canaan, Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth provides innovative programs that strengthen New York State’s vulnerable children and families so they can live safely, independently, and productively in their home communities. Berkshire’s full continuum of care offers home-based family preservation, foster care, group home, residential treatment, and drug and alcohol treatment services.