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HFM 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

2018-19 meeting schedule

Unless otherwise noted, meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are held in the Board Room at the HFM BOCES campus.

BoardDocs—an electronic board document management system—now provides up-to-date HFM BOCES Board of Education agenda items, support documents, policies, and procedures via the Internet.  Go to Boarddocs

Members of the HFM BOCES Board of Education are volunteers who are elected by members of the Boards of Education of our component school districts to serve for three-year terms.

  • July 11 – Reorganization mtg., 5 p.m.
  • July 25 – Goal Setting, 5:30 p.m.
  • August 29
  • September 26
  • October 30
  • December 12
  • January 30, 2019
  • February 27
  • March 27
  • April 3 – Annual Mtg.
  • April 17 – (Annual Election/Admin. Budget Vote)
  • May 29
  • June 18

Board Goals (2017-18)

The goal of HFM BOCES Board of Education is to increase the Educational Capacity of our region to support opportunities that create a pipeline to higher education and meaningful employment.

  • Support BOCES-wide implementation of higher standards of student achievement
  • Innovate and facilitate multiple pathways to high school graduation and post-secondary success
  • Improve the capabilities of HFM BOCES component school district boards of education through collaborative opportunities
  • Collaborative discussions about educational issues that empower parent and community engagement

Meeting Minutes

2017-18 School Year

2016-17 School Year

In keeping with New York State’s Open Meeting Law, Board of Education meeting minutes will be posted within 14 days of their approval by the board, usually at the next regularly scheduled meeting. Pending minutes will not be posted online, but may be viewed at the office of the HFM BOCES District Clerk.

For archived minutes from previous years, please contact HFM District Clerk Christine Eaton, (518) 736-4681, ext.4696


How Open Meeting Law makes Board of Education meetings more accessible

Section 103(e) of the Open Meetings Law ensures that the public has access to the materials under discussion by a public body prior to a meeting.

HFM BOCES Board of Education, committed to open and transparent conduct of business, will make every practicable effort to provide access to records that are “scheduled to be the subject of a discussion” during any open meeting.

The section addresses two types of records: first, those that are required to be made available pursuant to FOIL; and second, proposed resolutions, law, rules, regulations, policies or amendments thereto. When either is scheduled to be discussed during an open meeting, the law requires that they be made available to the public, to the extent practicable, either prior to or at the meeting.

Meeting agendas, minutes and applicable documents will be available online at the same time they are made available to board members. Documents are also available upon request from the superintendent’s office. There may be a fee for printed materials.

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