The Roads Scholar Award

The Roads Scholar Award recognizes outstanding participation of highway personnel at the Highway School. The award was given out from 1963-1998 (see below for history) and restarted in 2015. The award is given out by county and accounts for attendance by ALL municipalities in the county: counties, towns, villages, and cities.

Current winners

2016

2016 Roads Scholar winners
  1. Ontario (93%)
  2. Rockland (88%)
  3. Niagara (86%)
  4. Orleans
  5. Washington
  6. Chemung
  7. Monroe
  8. Schyler
  9. Wayne

2015

2015 Roads Scholar winners
  1. Ontario (95%)
  2. Rockland (94%)
  3. Niagara (80%)

Roads Scholar Counties

2015 Roads Scholar pin

Counties that meet certain minimum percentages of each agency in attendance will get an honorable mention as a Road Scholar County. Each attendee from a county meeting the requirements below will receive a pin listing them as a Road Scholar for 2017.

In 2016, 10 counties met this criteria.

Superior Counties

2016 Roads scholar hat and pin

The top three counties will be recognized as Superior Road Scholars based upon the percentages of municipalities represented. Each attendee will be given a hat in addition to the Road Scholar pin.

The maximum number of points that can be earned will be based upon the percentage of each municipal type at the School. For instance, in 2015 the number of unique agencies was 494 towns, 24 counties, and 37 cities and villages. The percentages are shown below.

Number of agencies attending

Percentage

Town

494

89%

County

24

4%

Village & City

37

7%

In 2015, the maximum number of points were 89 for town attendance, 4 for county, and 7 for village & city for a total of 100. The numbers change each year as attendance numbers change. The maximum number of points would be earned by having 100 percent attendance for each municipal type. The overall formula for the Road Scholar Score, RSS is:

Roads Scholar formula

where:

T = Percent of local agencies attending School that are towns (89 in 2015)

C= Percent of local agencies attending School that are counties (4 in 2015)

V = Percent of local agencies attending School that are villages or cities (7 in 2015)

nt  or nc  or nv  = Number of unique agencies (town, county, and village/city respectively) in attendance at the School for each county (for counties, the n will be 0 or 1)

Mt  or Mc  or Mv  = Number of agencies (town, county, and village/city respectively) by county (note that only villages with an active DPW are counted in the total) (Mc = 1)

The number is rounded up to the closest whole number. There are two tie breakers. The first is the number of additional attendees from the county. The second is the distance from Ithaca to the center of the county. The table below shows data for the top 10 counties from 2015.


County

Number of Towns (Mt)

Number of Villages & Cities (Mv)

Towns at School (nt)

Counties at School (nc)

Villages and Cities at School (nv)

Total Attendance

Distance (miles)

RSS

Rank

Ontario

16

9

16

1

1

19

51

95

1

Rockland

5

19

5

1

0

14

154

94

2

Niagara

12

8

10

1

1

16

125

80

3

Putnam

6

3

5

1

0

8

158

79

4

Orleans

10

4

8

1

1

10

103

78

5

Wayne

15

10

12

1

1

17

56

77

6

Ulster

20

4

15

1

1

28

122

73

7

Washington

17

9

13

1

0

14

165

73

8

Schuyler

8

4

6

1

0

12

22

72

9

Montgomery

10

11

8

0

0

8

109

72

10

Example: Ontario County

Example formula for Ontario

Tie breaker examples:

Ulster and Washington are tied with each other, but Ulster sent 9 additional people and therefore got 7th place. Had they both sent the same number of extra people, Washington would have received 7th place.

Roads Scholar Winners, 1963-1998

County

Number of Awards

Albany

11

Chautauqua

1

Chemung

5

Dutchess

2

Genesee

25

Jefferson

1

Livingston

9

Monroe

9

Niagara

9

Onondaga

12

Ontario

1

Rensselaer

1

St. Lawrence

1

Tioga

2

Tompkins

3

Ulster

5

Wayne

12

Award History, 1991-1998

1998- Livingston, Niagara, Wayne
1997- Genesee, Niagara, Tompkins, Wayne
1996 -Genesee, Niagara, Wayne
1995- Genesee, Ontario, Wayne
1994- Genesee, Niagara, Wayne
1993- Chemung, Genesee, Wayne
1992 - Genesee, Niagara, Wayne
1991 - Genesee, Niagara, Wayne

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