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Budget Book Introduction

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An Open Letter to the Partners of HFM BOCES

March 2022

On behalf of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, I respectfully submit for your review the 2022-23 HFM BOCES Budget Book, which outlines our proposed budget for next year.

After much work, for next year, we present to you an administrative budget with a 3.6 percent increase over our current year.

We welcome your questions and comments and look forward to discussion concerning the budget during our Annual Meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 13. After two years of hosting our Annual Meeting as an online event, we are pleased to return to an in-person format at our main campus.

During the evening, I will present how our proposed budget was developed with input from our component district superintendents. Chief Financial Officer Kathi Lewis will also be present to address any questions you might have, as well.

During the last two years, we have seen strong support for education in the enacted state budgets, and the governor’s proposal for next year forecasts no deficits for fiscal years 2023 through 2027 – a first for New York State. This year we were also pleased to see continued support for the full funding of expense-based aids, such as BOCES aid.

Due to rising inflation and the future loss of federal pandemic aid, however, we realize that careful fiscal planning is required to ensure continued stability, and we look forward to working with all our component districts as a valued partner, advocate and leader to provide the resources our students deserve now and in the future.

By statute, each component board of education will vote on the administrative portion of the HFM BOCES budget on April 27. At that time, our component boards will also elect two members to the BOCES Board of Education.

If at any time, you have specific questions regarding the proposed budget please feel free to contact me or Chief Financial Officer Kathi Lewis at (518) 736-4310 or by e-mail at klewis@hfmboces.org.

In partnership,

David Ziskin
HFM District Superintendent

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