HFM BOCES sets vote on budget

JOHNSTOWN – Members of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Board of Education are expected to be sworn in at its reorganizational meeting Wednesday, when it also is expected to adopt its 2013-14 budget.

The only nominees for the two available seats on the HFM BOCES board were incumbent Joanne Freeman, who resides in the Greater Johnstown School District, and Harry Brooks, a resident of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District.

Both were approved by their home districts’ boards and are expected to be appointed to the BOCES board during the meeting.

The total budget is about $33.57 million. The largest expense is for special education, totaling about $14.1million. The administrative portion of the budget is about $2.4 million.

The 2 percent increase in spending will have to be covered by the districts that use BOCES services. The administrative budget was voted on and approved by the districts’ boards in April.

HFM BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel said BOCES was able to limit the increase to 2 percent because it was able to change the health insurance plan for retirees to allow a total savings of almost $200,000.

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