By Judy Savage
Four county vocational-technical school districts were among those honored at the New Jersey State Board of Education’s annual Recognition Ceremony on December 16.
The awards included New Jersey School Business Administrator of the Year, three National Blue Ribbon Schools, a Green Ribbon School, and the three students who assisted the Department of Education in preparing videos to highlight tell their stories.
Frank Frazee, the school business administrator for the Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools (OCVTS) was selected as the New Jersey School Business Administrator of the Year by the NJ Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO)
Frank’s colleagues credit him with keeping OCVTS on the cutting edge of industry equipment within a very tight budget. “Always keeping student needs first, Frank’s leadership provides the district with essential resources for high quality career and technical education programs,” NJASBO officials said in presenting the award.
The Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools received two National Blue Ribbon awards from the US Department of Education as Exemplary High-Performing Schools: Bloomfield Tech and Newark Tech were both honored by the State Board of Education, and each shared a short video that conveyed the unique personality and excitement of their school communities.
Bergen Academies in Hackensack, part of the Bergen County Technical Schools, also received a National Blue Ribbon award as an Exemplary High-Performing School.
Middlesex County Vocational-Technical School in East Brunswick was the first county vocational-technical school to receive the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School award in recognition of its commitment to sustainable practices, environmental education, and health and wellness.
The school has incorporated sustainability into many career programs, including construction, building design, and culinary arts, and undertaken a number of projects and activities to enhance student learning and commitment to the environment.
Three students from Ocean County Vocational-Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy were recognized for assisting the Department of Education in the final production of the videos celebrating all of the the award winners.
State Board of Eduction Vice President Joseph Fisicaro and State Board Member Edith Fulton joined Commissioner David Hespe and senior staff members for the ceremony.