Services Guide Introduction
Message from the District Superintendent
I am pleased to present the 2018-19 HFM BOCES Services Guide, offering district administrators an overview of programs and services available to purchase on a cooperative basis.
Once again this year, this guide is available digitally on our website dramatically enhancing its efficiency and usefulness over a printed version. The digital guide partners with our new website to offer greater accessibility to up-to-date information all year. As we add or refine services to meet your needs, the online resource will reflect those changes.
So far this year, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting most of our component school districts presenting to the boards of education about the HFM BOCES mission to provide districts the highest quality services and programs at the lowest cost. By the end of the school year, I plan to have visited all our districts and continue these discussions on how we can work together in a cost-effective manner to serve students and advance the mission of our local schools.
During the 2016-17 school year, our school districts partnered together to purchase nearly $25.3 million worth of shared BOCES services that were eligible for BOCES aid. While aid rates vary among districts, collectively almost 60 percent of those costs were reimbursed to our districts through BOCES aid. HFM districts also purchased nearly $20.5 million of additional shared services available through BOCES that were eligible for Special Education and Transportation aid. The fiscal advantage provided through the aid formulas is important, yet even more significant are the benefits that shared capacity brings to our region.
One example of how combining our resources have resulted in enhanced opportunities for students is the success of our PTECH programs. Now in its fourth year, our original PTECH is poised to graduate its first class in June with many of the students set to receive their associate’s degree and high school diplomas at the same time.
Next year, we are particularly excited to be collaborating with several of our school districts to further increase college credit and degree opportunities for students by establishing additional PTECHs in area high schools. We look forward to sharing news about these new PTECHs soon, and we also look forward to continuing the success being seen at our existing PTECH and Ag PTECH programs.
Also expanding next year is our new Veterinary and Animal Science program at the HFM Career and Technical Center. Due to high demand, next year we will offer two sections of the program. We are pleased to see this science-based, two-year program grow preparing students for a variety of career opportunities in the animal and pet industry.
We look forward to the new school year, and we are proud to provide all the services outlined in our Services Guide to support a broad student population with a wide range of educational needs. If you have any specific questions about a service, contact the program administrator associated with that particular service. They are available to provide you with complete information about our BOCES programs.
Thank you and please let us know how we can better serve you as we build our future together.
Through collaborative partnerships and innovative leadership, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services creates educational opportunities that prepare individuals for lifelong success.
Board of Cooperative Educational Services