Services Guide Introduction
Dear District Administrators:
On behalf of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, I am pleased to present the 2020-2021 HFM Services Guide.
This guide outlines the services and programs we offer in partnership with our component school districts to best serve the needs of children and adult learners throughout our region.
Since becoming the HFM District Superintendent in August, I have worked closely with the HFM Board of Education, our administrators and the component school chiefs to ensure our services are aligned with the needs of our districts, and I look forward to continuing that work into the future.
The first step in this process began earlier this year when we implemented a committee structure of component superintendents to provide input and feedback regarding the efficacy and efficiency of HFM BOCES programs and services. These advisory committees now meet regularly to discuss program areas including Special Education and Alternative Education, Management Services, CTE and Early College programs and Instructional Support Services.
The HFM component superintendents were also recently involved in a review of the HFM BOCES vision and mission statements and core beliefs. As we considered our purpose, our component superintendents agreed that they viewed their BOCES as a partner, an advocate and a leader. To live up to those expectations, our board, administrators, faculty and staff will continue to collaborate with our districts to provide efficient and innovative programs for our school communities.
We look forward to the new school year, and we are proud to provide all the services outlined in this guide.
New for next year, in response to requests from our districts for more one-year Career and Technical programs, we will launch New Visions Education, an academically rigorous one-year program intended for students interested in pursuing a career in the K-12 education field. Based on the same model as our successful New Visions Health Careers course, students in this program will gain field experience working directly in our local school districts.
Also new for next year is the co-location of our three PTECH programs. Developed in collaboration with our component superintendents, the PTECH changes for next year are designed to strengthen all of the programs and support every student’s path to high school and college completion.
If you have any specific questions about a service, please contact the program administrator associated with that particular service. They are available to provide you with complete information about our BOCES programs.
In addition to this printed version, this guide is available on our website at www.hfmboces.org/services-guide-introduction/. Throughout the year, as we refine or add services to meet the needs of our component districts, the online resource will reflect those changes.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to creating an even stronger partnership as we build our future together.
David Ziskin, Ed.D.
HFM BOCES District Superintendent
Board of Cooperative Educational Services