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Educational Services

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HFM BOCES provides a variety of general education and instructional support services designed to further improve the learning environment for students.

Distance Learning – COSER 405

Deborah Booth, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4370, FAX: (518) 736-4371

Distance Learning uses a state-of-the-art interactive telecommunications system to teach courses simultaneously in several school districts. Students can enroll in regular school and summer school courses offered by districts in HFM BOCES, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES and Capital Region BOCES plus other BOCES throughout the state.

Video conferencing capabilities are included in the network. Those participating in this fully aidable service get help with technical planning, bidding, purchasing, installation and training. A steering committee oversees the total project under BOCES direction, while the day-to-day operations are managed by BOCES staff.

More about Distance Learning from The Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC)

Instructional Resource Center – COSER 505

Deborah Booth, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4370, FAX: (518) 736-4371

The Instructional Resource Center includes a library of approximately 132,000 multimedia titles (streaming video, digitized images, text exemplar singles, documents and audio, DVDs, multiple-copy books, audio books, video and big books) covering a wide range of curriculum areas for K-12. These materials are available to teachers and administrators via an online catalog to supplement and enhance classroom resources.

The IRC also includes Soundzabound – a royalty free music library for students and teachers, a graphic novel collection for middle school students, an English curriculum supporting multimedia collection for high schools and a holiday collection for elementary schools.

The Instructional Resource Center provides a cooperative Sheet Music Library, containing approximately 6,200 titles, through a cross-contract with a cooperating BOCES. Audio-visual and computer repair is also provided through a cross-contract. The HFM BOCES interschool Courier Service is provided by the IRC.

Itinerant Services

Component districts may share instructional, administrative and operational personnel connected with their regular education programs.

Following is a list of itinerant services offered by the HFM BOCES:

  • Business Education (COSER 335)
  • Curriculum & Instruction (COSER 338)
  • Dental Hygienist (COSER 309)
  • EML (COSER 328)
  • Family and Consumer Science (COSER 330)
  • Pathways Liaison (COSER 345)
  • Physical Education (COSER 303)
  • Records Management (COSER 638)
  • School Psychologist (COSER 310)
  • School Psychologist-Handicapped (COSER 311)
  • Spanish (COSER 317)
  • Speech Handicapped (COSER 304)
  • Speech Improvement (COSER 301)

Other itinerant services can be developed or cross-contracted as needed. These might include Agriculture, Art, Attendance officers, Business Education, Business manager, Human Resource Manager, School Counselor

Library Automation – COSER 504

The School Library System service provides school districts with a computerized cataloging and circulation system that has been found to:

  • Enhance students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Increase student access to resources via electronic networks; and
  • Develop students’ abilities to probe more deeply for information, by allowing them to go beyond traditional author-title-subject searches to more complex and complete keyword searches.

The service includes consulting services, preparation of price quotes, conversion of library holdings to computer records, equipment and software purchasing, installation and training.

Funded through the State Legislature, the system provides member districts with the following services: coordination of a regional interlibrary loan system, staff development for media specialists, mentoring and job shadowing for media specialists, group purchasing of periodical databases, coordinated cooperative collection development and consultation on library issues.

Regional Principals Leadership Teams

Elementary and secondary principals meet throughout the year to:

  • Share best practices;
  • Stay current with BOCES;
  • New York State Education Department and federal initiatives;
  • Discuss certification and staff development issues; and
  • Collaborate in the recruitment of professional staff.

The meetings are open to all component district principals.

Regional Summer School – COSER 420

HFM BOCES Regional Summer School offers a cost-effective, consolidated service designed to help students in grades 9-12 who require classes to graduate on time. Course offerings in all core subject areas are based on enrollment, and some courses may not be offered if enrollment does not reach a required minimum.

Students’ eligibility for summer school is established by their home school district. Students who live in a non-participating district may attend summer school if their parents or guardians make arrangements directly with a participating district. Parents of these students are required to pay a tuition fee per course.