Questar III Board Member Marilyn Noonan joined the Tech Valley High School Operating Board in September of 2010.
While a member of the Questar board, which she joined in 1988, she has participated in leading the BOCES through extensive changes that have made its operation more transparent and responsive to component school districts.
As a strong proponent of career and technical education and the integration of rigorous academic standards into such programs, Marilyn supported the implementation of the High Schools that Work Program at the Questar III Columbia Greene and Rensselaer Education Centers – stressing academic rigor, relevant learning and business world connection for students. Additionally, she has encouraged the development of seamless learning opportunities for students of Questar III who seek to enroll at Columbia -Greene Community College after graduation. A strong advocate for students and their families, Marilyn has pressed for the development and implementation of a special education curriculum at Questar III that is aligned with New York’s learning standards.
During her sixteen years as a member of the Catskill Central School Board of Education, Marilyn served on search committees for four superintendents and several other administrative positions. For four years she served as President of the Board in addition to leading the Greene County School Boards Association.
On the State level, Marilyn has attended the New York State School Boards Association annual meetings as a representative from Questar III. She has retired from her position as Executive Assistant for New York State Professional Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters, where she worked closely with the Statewide leaders, particularly members of the legislature and their staffs.
Marilyn believes Questar III has become a leader
among BOCES in New York State through development of such innovative
educational programs as Tech Valley High School, New Visions career
exploration in Math, Engineering and Technology; Medical and Allied
Health and Visual and Performing Arts. Additionally, the BOCES has
provided strong leadership and advocacy at the State level for
expansion of aid to school districts and the development of business
services for school districts to help them achieve greater economy
and efficiency. She wishes to continue her work with the BOCES and
the district superintendent to build upon these successes consistent
with the needs of the school districts and students in Rensselaer,
Columbia, and Greene Counties.