before has collaboration been more important for schools. We
are tasked with providing quality educational opportunities
to all our students in a time of heightened accountability
and a stubborn economy. The challenges are daunting. Yet,
opportunities abound—when we work together—to motivate and
successfully equip students for their future after high
It is our continuing mission and goal
to provide our 15 component school districts with the
highest quality programs and services at the lowest cost. We
are proud to support a broad student population with a wide
range of educational needs. Please let us know how we can
better serve you as we build our future together.
HFM BOCES Budget
the inception of the BOCES Reform Act in 1993, HFM BOCES has
annually gained unanimous support
of the proposed administrative budget. We are here to answer
any questions about the 2013-14 spending plan in order to
continue this significant trend.
The Board Policy Manual for HFM BOCES is being formatted for
online access through Madison-Oneida BOCES Multi-BOCES Office of
Personnel, Labor Relations and Policy. Policies will be posted
as sections are completed.
The HFM BOCES Board will focus on these
initiatives during the 2012-13 school year.
Evolving Identity of HFM BOCES
Recast the mission and vision of HFM BOCES to relate to the
current educational, economic and political climate.
Reinforce strong partnerships with our component school
districts and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Expand and market career and technical education and specialized
programs for the benefit of our region.
Continue to expand regional efforts by partnering with other
BOCES, state, and private entities across the state.
Explore and foster partnerships with local municipalities for
shared services and efficiency.
Strengthen outreach of regional communications to promote BOCES
Changes in Open Meeting Law
(Effective February 2012)
A new section 103(e) of the Open Meetings Law ensures that the
public has access to the materials under discussion by a public
body prior to a meeting.
HFM BOCES Board of Education, committed to open and transparent
conduct of business, will make every practicable effort to
provide access to records that are “scheduled to be the subject
of a discussion” during any open meeting.
The amendment addresses two types of records: first, those that
are required to be made available pursuant to FOIL; and second,
proposed resolutions, law, rules, regulations, policies or
amendments thereto. When either is scheduled to be discussed
during an open meeting, the law requires that they be made
available to the public, to the extent practicable, either prior
to or at the meeting.
Since HFM BOCES website is the first and best source of
information about the organization, meeting agendas, minutes and
applicable documents will be available here at the same time
they are made available to board members. Documents are also
available upon request from the superintendent's office. There
may be a fee for printed materials.
Members of the HFM BOCES Board
of Education are volunteers who are elected by members
of the Boards of Education of our component school
serve for three-year terms.