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End of the year activity marks BOCES Golden Anniversary, employee service

June 24, 2017 | Filed in Archive

Marking the end of the school year and the 50th year since the cooperative’s founding, HFM BOCES held its annual Closing Day activities Friday, June 23.

Dr. Michel speaks from a podium.

Dr. Michel delivers his remarks at the annual BOCES Closing Day.

District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel noted the number of guests that have toured BOCES in the past year eager to see the programs in action.

“That is all because of you and all the phenomenal work you do every day for our children. You should all be extremely proud of the work you have done. It has not gone unnoticed, especially for the children we serve and their parents,” Dr. Michel said.

During the program, several employees were recognized for their years of service or retirement.

Years of Service

Recognized for 25 years of service were Julie Blanchard, Adirondack Academy guidance counselor, and social worker Lynn Trudeau. Deborah Smith, of the Regional Transportation Service, was recognized for 30 years of service.

Two woman pose for a picture.

From left Julie Blanchard and Lynn Trudeau are recognized for 25 years of service. Not pictured is Deborah Smith, who was recognized for 30 years.


Recognized for their retirements this year were Lori Peek, school bus attendant; Kenneth Cyrek, custodial worker; Nancy Hohenforst, typist; Pamela Hartig, special education teacher; Glenn Marcucio, auto mechanics teacher; John Pecora, criminal justice teacher; and teacher aides Carol Bachner, Brenda Bartholoma, Janyee Gonzalez, Sandra Pettit, Christine Rocco, Gale Smith and Christiane Swartz.

Service Award

The highest honor bestowed by BOCES, HFM BOCES Service Award, was created in 1994 to recognize dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of BOCES.

The 2017 Service Award honoree was Michael DiMezza, the administrative coordinator of Career and Technical Education.

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.

Past recipients have included Deborah Booth, Glenn Marcucio, Cynthia Fratianni, Anita Gaffney, Patricia Maderic, Jean Papa, Peter Raneri, Thomas Flynn, Helen Neet, Helena Kilgore, Linda Newton, Elaine Mongin, Martin Luey, Sally Fancher and Jay DeTraglia.

DiMezza and Dr. Michel shake hands.

Michael DiMezza is awarded the 2017 BOCES Service Award.

50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of BOCES.

“Fifty years of operation says a lot about an organization. There are a lot of Fortune 500 companies out there that never survive 50 years. We’ve been able to grow and adapt as the years went by, and it is our sense of innovation, and our devotion to education that’s made us survive as long as we have,” Dr. Michel said.


Five people pose for a picture.

From left teachers John Pecora, Glenn Marcucio and Pamela Hartig are recognized for their retirement by teachers union representative Nancy Turnbull.

Seven people pose for a photo.

Teacher aides Brenda Bartholoma, Janyee Gonzalez, Sandra Pettit, Christine Rocco, Gale Smith and Christiane Swartz are recognized for their retirement. Not pictured is Carol Bachner.

Walrath and Cyrek shake hands.

Custodial worker Kenneth Cyrek is recognized for his retirement by CSEA representative John Walrath.