Cornwall resident Roxanne Babcock, the Ulster BOCES Executive Secretary and Board Clerk, has earned a 2021 Mid-Hudson School Study Council (MHSSC) Support Staff Award for Excellence.
Babcock, was nominated by Ulster BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles V. Khoury and Ulster BOCES Board of Education President Barbara Carroll, who represents the New Paltz Central School District. Both Khoury and Carroll touted Babcock’s superior service, ongoing contributions and commitment to education, and her diligence in managing the operations of the Ulster BOCES Board of Education meetings.
Babcock says the gesture was unexpected. “I was surprised, and I am humbled and appreciative for the kind words and everyone’s support,” she says.
Babcock has a solid reputation as being a valuable asset to Khoury and the district superintendents before him, and the Ulster BOCES Board of Education. In her more than 25 years acting as Board Clerk and more than 30 years of total service at Ulster BOCES, she is renowned for supporting board members, and has acted as a mentor to new board clerks.
According to Khoury, in addition to Ulster BOCES reaping the benefits of her detailed knowledge of educational law, she also prepares the monthly board packets that are made up of multiple documents. He states that she has flawlessly coordinated thousands of pages for 300 to 450 board meetings.
In her nomination letter, Carroll, who has served on the Ulster BOCES Board more than 16 years and on the New Paltz Central School District Board for 13 years (during which time she served as vice president and president), says Babcock’s responsibilities are countless and she demonstrates “meticulous attention to detail” and possesses precious institutional knowledge. “I often marvel at how she can remember actions of the Board that took place 20 years ago,” explains Carroll. “I cannot put a price tag on how much Roxanne means to the Board and to Ulster BOCES.”
Located in Newburgh on the Mount St. Mary College campus, the MHSSC exists as a non-profit corporation serving the needs of its member school districts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The fundamental purpose of the MHSSC is to bring about the improvement of education in the school districts located in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Council aims to accomplish this purpose through the cooperative study of common educational problems, the effective diffusion of educational practices, and the stimulation of active participation of school boards, administrators, teachers, pupils, and laypersons in educational planning and activity. Each year, the organization honors those in the education field for excellence.