JPS and E2CCB Forge Partnership for Innovation Center’s New Program

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(WNY News Now) – Jamestown Public Schools and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES have joined forces to establish an innovative collaboration aimed at enriching education. 

Jamestown – Jamestown Public Schools and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES’s partnership will see E2CCB’s pioneering Bloom Program find a home at the Innovation Center within R.R. Rogers School, located at 41 Hebner Street. On August 29, the Jamestown Board of Education gave the green light to this progressive initiative.

Commencing this fall and spanning the next five years, the Innovation Center will host E2CCB’s Bloom Program at Rogers. The program caters to students in the region with profound mental health and behavioral needs, requiring tailored instruction and therapies in a compassionate classroom environment.

Dr. David O’Rourke, CEO of Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, expressed satisfaction at the collaboration, emphasizing the collaborative efforts to establish the new program site. Dr. Kevin Whitaker, JPS Superintendent, echoed the sentiment, highlighting the convenience of local access to specialized programming.

Patrick Langworthy, a former special education teacher within Jamestown Public Schools, assumes the role of Special Education Principal for the Bloom Program.

E2CCB, covering Chautauqua and parts of Erie and Cattaraugus counties, brings together a diverse array of districts under its educational umbrella.

With the Innovation Center’s phased reopening underway, this partnership marks a significant step towards enhancing educational offerings. The collaboration aims to provide crucial services for students and families within the region, reinforcing a commitment to accessible and targeted education.

As the partnership evolves, the Innovation Center is poised to fulfill its role as an educational beacon, fostering learning and growth within the community.

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