November 7, 2022

Donald R. Kline Technical School

Questar III names technical school after its late board VP

this is a photo of the Donald R. Kline Technical School ribbon cutting on November 4.

Questar III BOCES recognized its late board vice president Donald Kline today at a ribbon-cutting event at the Hudson-based school now named in his honor. The Donald R. Kline Technical School – which replaces the former Columbia-Greene Educational Center – honors the legacy of the late Donald Kline, who dedicated his life to public service.

More than 50 people attended including his family, school board members, superintendents, elected officials, students, parents, staff, and business partners. Speakers included Questar III District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz, New York State Education Department Senior Deputy Commissioner Dr. James N. Baldwin, Questar III graduate Benjamin Perry, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO William Gerlach and Columbia Economic Development Corporation President/CEO F. Michael Tucker.

“We would not be standing here today without the leadership and service of Don Kline. We remain indebted to Don for commitment to public education and hands-on learning. I want to thank him – and our current and past board members – for their service and volunteerism,” said Cruz.

Questar III District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz said it was fitting to name the school for Kline, who served on the BOCES Board of Education for 38 years – the longest of any board member in its history.



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