Questar III Vice-President Marilyn Noonan has served on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board since September 2010. Ms. Noonan has helped Questar III become a leader among BOCES through development of innovative educational programs such as Tech Valley High School and the New Visions career exploration courses in Math, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Allied Health, and Visual and Performing Arts.
As a member of the Questar III board, which she joined in 1988, Noonan has participated in leading the BOCES through extensive changes that have made its operation more economical, transparent and responsive to component school districts. During her service as a board member, Questar III has brought its core values – service, learning and excellence to fruition though many educational programs and services to school districts. 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 plans 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.
A strong proponent of career and technical education and the integration of rigorous academic standards into such programs, Ms. Noonan has 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, she 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, Ms. Noonan 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, Ms. Noonan 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.