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Budget Book Introduction

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An Open Letter to the Partners of HFM BOCES

On behalf of the Cooperative Board of Education, we respectfully submit for your review the proposed HFM BOCES budget for the 2018-19 school year. After much work developing our proposal, we present to you an administrative budget with a 2.0 percent increase.

We welcome your questions and comments and look forward to our discussion concerning the budget during our Annual Meeting at 6 p.m., April 11 in our front lobby.

Chief Financial Officer Kathi Lewis and members of the Cooperative Board will be present to address any questions or concerns you might have. Dinner, prepared and served by our talented Culinary Arts students, will
immediately follow.

By statute, each component board of education will vote on the BOCES administrative budget on April 25, 2018.

Like our component school districts, we continue to face complex challenges while seeking to provide high quality educational opportunities for our students. Recognizing these challenges, we review every line of our administrative budget each year with a realistic eye. In keeping with our practice during the last several years, we continue our commitment to keep our administrative budget increase to 2.0 percent or less.

After years of planning, at the beginning of this school year, we celebrated the activation of the solar farm in front of our campus. The nearly 800-kilowatt solar farm is connected to the power grid, and the generated energy is being sold to National Grid. We estimate the sale of the power will generate more than $800,000 during the next 20 years thereby benefitting all the component school districts.

We also continue our efforts to rein in the cost of health insurance. Thanks to the work of our Health Insurance Governing Board, which includes representation from each union, the administration and the Cooperative Board, our five-year average annual increase has been held to 3.06 percent.

Since the inception of the BOCES Reform Act in 1993, HFM BOCES has annually enjoyed unanimous support for its proposed administrative budget. In seeking to maintain this very significant trend, we will make ourselves available to any component board of education, board member, or school official to respond to questions about the budget. Specific questions regarding the budget document may be directed to Chief Financial Officer Kathi Lewis at (518) 736-4310 or by e-mail at If you would like us to come to a Board of Education meeting to answer questions, we will do so.

Our students represent the best our component school districts have to offer. We are very aware of the trust and support each district in our BOCES gives us, and we look forward to discussing our budget with you.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Patrick Michel
District Superintendent

Board of Education

Headshots of the Board of Education from left Joanne Freeman President July 2016 -June 2019, James Beirlein July 2018 - June 2021,Harry Brooks July 2016 - June 2019,Carmen Caraco July 2018 - June 2021, John DeValve July 2017 - June 2020, Jean LaPorta July 2017 - June 2020, Allan Turnbull July 2018 - June 2021