Red Mill QIII students make a quilt

quilt4Questar III students at Red Mill Elementary School in Rensselaer had a hand in creating something special to raise awareness about disabilities.  March was Disabilities Awareness Month, and while special education teachers Jeannette Hallock and Emily Bluhm were at a conference at the Perkins School for the Blind, they saw tactile quilts that students there made.  These quilts are made from… Continue reading

QIII to host autism program for families

The University at Albany’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is offering a free program for families with autistic children on May 20 at Questar III’s Central Office in Castleton.

The evening program will discuss ways to improve your child’s communication abilities.

Please register using the form at

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Questar III welcomes new staff

Questar III welcomed the following new staff members in April:

Adult LPN program
Andrea M. Christensen, LPN Clinical Instructor
Patricia Robertson, Health Occupations Teacher

Berlin Pre-K Program
Victoria Styer, Pre-K Teaching Assistant

Central Office
Melissa J. Macaluso, Special Education Specialist

George Washington Elementary
Stacey Shelhamer, Teaching Assistant

Maple Hill Middle School
Abigail Fox, Teaching Assistant

Sackett Educational Center
Ayla Mertturk, School Psychologist… Continue reading

Meet Courtney Galuski

Courtney Galuski is the Special Education Reading Resource Teacher at George Washington School. She’s been with the BOCES for almost three years, and loves that she is able to help students who really need it the most.

Courtney Galuski_Profile

Q: What is your role at Questar III, and where do you work?
A: I am the Special Education Reading… Continue reading

Board appoints Cruz as new DS

The Questar III Board of Education appointed Dr. Gladys I. Cruz as district superintendent at its April 16th meeting. Effective May 1, 2015, Cruz will serve a dual leadership role – acting as both a field representative of the commissioner of education and chief executive officer of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Continue reading

Graduate expands local business

Melony Coons is the sole proprietor of a successful business at the age of 23. Learn how this Ichabod Crane graduate, who completed the cosmetology program at Questar III’s Columbia-Greene Educational Center, is expanding her hair salon. Click the link below to read this story from the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation.