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HFM BOCES Annual Meeting: Working together key to sustainability

April 12, 2018 | Filed in Archive

The HFM BOCES Board of Education hosted board members and administrators from its component school districts at its Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 11.Overhead shot of meeting showing rows of people sitting in front of a podium.

HFM Board of Education President Joanne Freeman opened the meeting sharing some of the highlights from throughout the year noting student success in the two PTECH programs, Career and Technical Education, the Adirondack Academy and Special Education.

In his remarks, HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel thanked the component districts for their support.

“The component board members and superintendents have made our success possible through their support. BOCES is not a standalone organization. It’s really an extension of all 15 of our component school districts,” Dr. Michel said.

During the meeting, Dr. Michel presented the 2018-19 BOCES administrative budget. In keeping with its practice during the last several years, BOCES continues the commitment to keep its administrative budget increase to 2 percent or less. The administrative budget is explained in the annual Budget Book, a document that includes each district’s share of the administrative and capital charges. The 2018-19 Budget Book may be accessed online at

As we are faced with limited resources and budget constraints, Dr. Michel said, sustainability must be the focus of BOCES and its component districts.

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James Beirlein

“Working together will become more and more important. Unless we work together, it will become very difficult for us to sustain the wonderful programs we have in our districts and at BOCES. I look forward to continuing to work with the boards and school superintendents to be sure the future is sustainable for our students,” Dr. Michel said.

School board members in the HFM BOCES component school districts will vote on the administrative portion of the budget on Wednesday, April 25. Board members will also elect members to the BOCES Board of Education. This year four candidates are running for the three available seats.

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Carmen Caraco

The candidates are James Beirlein (Northville), Carmen Caraco (Mayfield) and Allan Turnbull (Fonda-Fultonville), all incumbents, and Curtis Peninger (Amsterdam).

Dr. Michel also read aloud from a letter written to BOCES leaders by New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia.

“I wish to state my appreciation for the work that you do and the important contributions that you make on a daily basis for the students throughout the state of New York. The Board of Regents, the

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Curtis Peninger

Department and I continue to see the impact of your dedication, hard work and leadership in improving the opportunities for all our students,” Elia said in her letter.

Near the conclusion of the meeting, Mrs. Freeman presented the inaugural David C. Edwards Distinguished School Board Member Service Award to Ernie Clapper of Mayfield. Read story here.

The HFM Board of Education established the new School Board Member Service Award this year in honor of former longtime BOCES board member David C. Edwards, who passed away in June. The

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Allan Turnbull

award, which will be given annually, seeks to recognize local board of education members who exhibit innovative and ethical leadership.

HFM BOCES Career & Technical education students from the Culinary Arts and Foundations of Food programs prepared delicious hors d’oeuvre and dinner for a reception that followed the event.

Students and instructors in culinary outfits pose for a photo.

The HFM Culinary Arts program prepared the meal for the 2018 Annual Meeting.