HFM BOCES held its annual Closing Day activities Friday, June 22 to recognize several employees for their years of services and retirement and to share highlights from the past year.
District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel thanked all the employees for their outstanding work.
“Our customers – our families, our children, our school districts – are very happy with the work that we do and that could not be without you,” Dr. Michel said. “It’s been a great year, and it all has to do with you.”
Among the highlights of the year, Dr. Michel pointed out that three HFM BOCES administrators this year earned statewide awards for their leadership.
This year Career and Technical Director Jay A. DeTraglia was named the 2018 Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the New York State Association of Career and Technical Educators, HFM PTECH Principal Michael Dardaris was named New York State High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State and HFM BOCES Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst received the 2018 Jane Bullowa Service and Leadership Award from the Staff/Curriculum Development Network of New York State.
Also Friday, the HFM BOCES Service Award was given to Special Education teacher Louise Huth, who was also recognized for her 30 years of service to BOCES. The HFM BOCES Service Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by BOCES, was created in 1994 to recognize dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of BOCES. Service Award honorees can be nominated for the award by any BOCES administrator, teacher or member of the staff. Nominations are reviewed by the HFM BOCES Board of Education.
Years of Service
Several employees were recognized Friday for reaching service milestones of 20, 25 and 30 years.
Michael Andrews, social studies teacher
Shelley Hoyt, school social worker
Kathy Johnson, school psychologist
Eileen Henry, bus driver
Lisa Malagisi, adult education educator
Louise Huth, special education teacher
Anna Reilly, school psychologist
Recognized for their retirements this year were bus drivers Mary Jones and Deborah Ovitt, bus attendant Deborah Smith, teacher aides Kathleen Egan, Linda Loucks, William Sartin and Brenda VanSchaick, registered nurse Audrey Fowler, occupational therapist Eveline Hoefinger, teachers Catherine Cole, Andrea Gerke, Wendy Sacco, school psychologist Anna Reilly, school social worker Lynn Trudeau and media specialist Edith Willcox.