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Dobbs Ferry School Board Works to Partner with Mercy

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Dobbs Ferry superintendent Lisa Brady said the school district is working on partnering with Mercy College in the near future.  Brady said she met with Mercy College president Kimberly Cline to discuss the idea of partnership in areas such as facilities and curriculum.

“My feeling is Mercy really is interested in partnering with the school,” Brady said. She said one of the top ideas discussed would be the opportunity for Dobbs Ferry students to take classes at Mercy College, where students would receive credit at both the high school and college level.  Brady said the opportunity to take classes at Mercy would be beneficial because the school district is not able to offer many of the courses that Mercy has due to its size.

“Mercy has a big computer technology curriculum, they teach web design, they have computer programming, they have animation and they have games for kids who are interested in learning how to construct, not play games,” Brady said.

Board members raised questions about potential costs this could create for the school or students individually, but Brady said money issues had not been raised. “We did not discuss it as tuition, we discussed it as a partnership,” Brady said

In return, Dobbs Ferry could provide assistance to Mercy College by placing some of its interns as student teachers and other positions, according to Brady.

Board of education president Lynne Black said she looked forward to the opportunity because Mercy College and the Dobbs Ferry school district are both heading in new directions. “It’s exciting, they have new leadership, we have new leadership,” Black said.

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