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General Education and Support Services

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HFM BOCES provides a variety of general education and instructional support services designed to further improve the learning environment for students.

Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst
Deputy Superintendent
Phone: (518) 736-4305
FAX: (518) 736-4301

Adirondack Academy – COSER 403

Christine Carioto, Principal
Phone: (518) 736-4321, FAX: (518) 736-4322

Brian Garrity, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4321, FAX: (518) 736-4322

Adirondack Academy, located at the HFM BOCES campus in Johnstown, provides an educational option for at-risk students in grades 9-12 whose needs are not met by traditional secondary school settings. Through the program, students attain a high school diploma that maintains the same academic requirements as their home schools. With a small staff to student ratio, the ADK faculty are able to better know the students in order to determine individual needs. Students learn through small group direct instruction and Project-Based Learning in an effort to help them to develop 21st century skills required by today’s employers.

To learn more visit the Adirondack Academy webpage.

Distance Learning – COSER 405

TBA, Director of School Information Technology
Phone: (518) 736-4396

Distance Learning uses a state-of-the-art interactive telecommunications system to teach courses simultaneously in several school districts. Students can enroll in regular school and summer school courses offered by districts in HFM BOCES, Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES and Capital Region BOCES plus other BOCES throughout the state.

Video conferencing capabilities are included in the network. Those participating in this fully aidable service get help with technical planning, bidding, purchasing, installation and training. A steering committee oversees the total project under BOCES direction, while the day-to-day operations are managed by BOCES staff.

More about Distance Learning from The Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC)

Instructional Resource Center – COSER 505

Kristi J. Beedon, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4370, FAX: (518) 736-4371

The Instructional Resource Center includes a multimedia library of over 212,000 items available to teachers and administrators to supplement and enhance classroom activities with students including:

  • Online streaming
  • Digitized images
  • Video, DVD
  • Audio Books
  • Class sets of books
  • Big Books
  • Games
  • Kits for hands on learning experiences
  • Graphic Novels
  • Spanish and Chinese titles
  • Novel Units
  • Holiday collections

The IRC also includes:

  • Soundzabound – copyright free access to music to be used in presentations/projects by students and teachers
  • Teaching Books – literacy based database for PreK-12
  • SWANK: Movie Licensing – Show feature length movies without worrying about copyright. The IRC purchases licensing from most major movie producers so districts can use film in the classroom, afterschool, evenings and more.
  • Digital Audio – Listen to over 300 books from any digital device
  • New for 2020-21 Professional Development Collection: Over 450 full text professional journals plus ERIC documents with unlimited simultaneous use.

Available through cross-contract with other BOCES:

  • Sheet music library – over 6,000 titles of music for band, orchestra and chorus
  • Audio-visual and computer repair

The HFM BOCES interschool courier service is provided by the IRC.

Library Automation – COSER 504

Kristi J. Beedon, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4370, FAX: (518) 736-4371

The School Library System provides school districts with a digital cataloging and circulation system that research shows will:

  • Enhance students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Increase student access to resources via electronic networks; and
  • Develop students’ abilities to probe more deeply for information, by allowing them to go beyond traditional author-title-subject searches to more complex and complete keyword searches.

The service includes:

  • Consulting services
  • Preparation of price quotes
  • Conversion of library holdings to digitized records
  • Equipment and software purchasing
  • Installation and training

Funded through the State Legislature, the system provides component districts with the following services:

  • Coordination of Regional Interlibrary Loan
  • Staff development for library personnel
  • Mentoring and job shadowing
  • Coordinated cooperative collection development
  • Consultation on library issues
  • Onsite visits and professional development

Itinerant Services

Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst, Deputy Superintendent
Phone: (518) 736-4305, FAX: (518) 736-4301

Component districts may share instructional, administrative and operational personnel connected with their regular education programs.

Following is a list of itinerant services offered by the HFM BOCES:

  • Business Education (COSER 335)
  • ENL (COSER 328)
  • Family and Consumer Science (COSER 330)
  • Library Media Specialist (COSER 332)
  • Music Teacher (COSER 307)
  • Pathways/PTECH Liaison (COSER 345)
  • Physical Education (COSER 303)
  • Records Management (COSER 638)
  • School Counselor (COSER 308)
  • School Psychologist (COSER 310)
  • School Psychologist-Handicapped (COSER 311)
  • Spanish (COSER 317)
  • Speech Handicapped (COSER 304)
  • Speech Improvement (COSER 301)

Other itinerant services can be developed or cross-contracted as needed. These might include Agriculture, Art, Attendance Officer, Business Manager and Human Resource Manager

Regional Principals Leadership Teams

Tara Caraco, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4360, FAX: 736-4361

Elementary and secondary principals meet throughout the year to:

  • Share best practices;
  • Stay current with BOCES;
  • New York State Education Department and federal initiatives;
  • Discuss certification and staff development issues; and
  • Collaborate in the recruitment of professional staff.

The meetings are open to all component district principals.


Matthew Davis
Principal, HFM PTECH
(518) 762-9119

PTECH is a 6-year program that incorporates project based learning and professional skills training as students work simultaneously toward earning their Regents high school diploma and a two-year associate degree at no cost to their families.

New for the 2020-21 school year, HFM’s three PTECH programs (HFM PTECH, Ag-PTECH and Foothills PTECH) will be co-located at the Glebe Street School in Johnstown and on the campuses of HFM BOCES, FMCC and SUNY Cobleskill.

The PTECH programs will be organized into three Pathway Clusters:

  • Pathways in Business and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Pathways in Agriculture
  • Pathways in Medical/Health Sciences and Computer Science

Grades 9 and 10 for all three clusters will attend Glebe Street and grade 11 students in each pathway will transition to the HFM BOCES main campus and FMCC. For Grade 12, Ag Pathway students will attend SUNY Cobleskill to complete their associate degree. Grade 12 students in Business, Advanced Manufacturing, Medical/Health Science and Computer Science Pathways will attend FMCC to complete their degrees. Eighth-graders are eligible to apply. Because the curriculum is structured to allow for acceleration into college courses, students must enter the program their freshman year of high school.

To learn more about our PTECH programs visit the PTECH webpage.

Regional Summer School – COSER 420

Michael DiMezza
Phone: (518) 736-4330, FAX: 736-4331

HFM BOCES Regional Summer School offers a cost-effective, consolidated service designed to help students in grades 9-12 who require classes to graduate on time. Course offerings in all core subject areas are based on enrollment, and some courses may not be offered if enrollment does not reach a required minimum.

Students’ eligibility for summer school is established by their home school district. Students who live in a non-participating district may attend summer school if their parents or guardians make arrangements directly with a participating district. Parents of these students are required to pay a tuition fee per course.

Summer Enrichment – COSER 413

Michael DiMezza
Phone: (518) 736-4330, FAX: 736-4331

HFM BOCES will help districts plan and coordinate summer enrichment programming for students in K-12 with a focus on improving English and math skills. Students will have opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding to ensure success in the coming school year. Where appropriate, programming will be combined to provide summer enrichment to students from multiple districts in single locations.