National Girls Hockey Academy coming to Skaneateles

— “We want schooling to be central to the experience, we want them to be well-rounded,” he said.

Skaneateles High School Principal Georgette Hoskins told the board she had spoken to Brown about academic issues, and told him that each academy student who desired attendance at SHS would have to be individually assessed — “like any other student” — to move them toward graduation. “We are not a private school and these types of things are a challenge within the New York state standards and regulations,” Hoskins said.

Brown said he hopes the NHA will form its first team and be able to begin work by fall 2012, but the key to that lies in successful recruiting.

“It’s very exciting,” said Brown, who has been working on the NHA project for two years, and whose daughter played varsity hockey for the SHS for four years. “I’m just a hockey dad, and I think this will be good for hockey in the Syracuse area. I don’t want the academy here despite what people think. I want them to be excited about it.”

For more information on the NHA, visit nationalhockeyacademy.org.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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