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Budget Book Introduction

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An Open Letter to the Partners of HFM BOCES

On behalf of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, I respectfully submit for your review the 2020-21 HFM BOCES Budget Book, which outlines our proposed budget for next year. After much work developing our proposal, we present to you an administrative budget with a 1.4 percent increase from our current year.

In the past, we have welcomed your questions and comments regarding the budget during our Annual Meeting and Dinner held each April here on our campus. This year’s meeting was originally scheduled for April 1.

This year, as part of our efforts to stop the possible spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), our Annual Meeting will now take place via the online platform WebEx. Component school district board members and administrators will be welcome to log on and view our live budget presentation and will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the event.

During the online meeting, I will present how our proposed budget was developed and how our component district chiefs worked with us during the process. Chief Financial Officer Kathi Lewis will also be present to address any questions or concerns you might have, as well. Instructions on how to view the meeting will be provided to the component superintendents to share with board members.

Since becoming the HFM District Superintendent this summer, I have worked closely with our administration, our board and the component school superintendents to ensure our services are aligned with district needs. During the budget development process, we continued to work in cooperation with our districts keeping our commitment to be a partner, an advocate and a leader for our region.

By statute, each component board of education will vote on the administrative portion of the HFM BOCES budget on April 29. At that time, our component boards will also elect three members to the BOCES Board of Education.

Since the inception of the BOCES Reform Act in 1993, HFM BOCES has enjoyed unanimous support for its proposed administrative budget each year. We hope to maintain that significant trend, and we look forward to seeing you at our online Annual Meeting.

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

In partnership,

David Ziskin
HFM District Superintendent