John Rieger of the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Board of Education wins State School Boards’ highest award

FOR RELEASE: September 12, 2018



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John Rieger, the president of the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES, has been named the winner of the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) top award for school board service. He will receive the 2018 Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service at the Association’s Annual Convention in New York City.

Rieger is being honored for his 50 years of school board service and his outstanding contributions to public education. NYSSBA President William Miller will present him with the award on Thursday, Oct. 25.

"John consistently encourages innovation and welcomes new ideas," said Miller.
"His leadership has fostered a culture of serving component districts, and he has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the students from those districts."

Under John’s leadership, WSWHE BOCES has strengthened and streamlined its special education program, expanded employee professional development opportunities, rebranded its Career and Technical Education Division and created the Early College Career Academy.

In 1963, Rieger was one of the youngest elected school board members in New York State. He served on the Schuylerville Central School District Board of Education until 1984. He was elected to the Saratoga-Warren BOCES Board of Education in 1984.  He has remained on the board which merged with the Hamilton, Essex and Washington BOCES in 1993. Since then, the entity has been known as WSWHE BOCES.

The NYSSBA Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to one current or former school board member among the thousands in the state who has done the most for public education and the children of his or her community. It is the highest tribute NYSSBA bestows upon a school board member.

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