HFM BOCES seeks nominees for award

JOHNSTOWN – In honor of the late David Edwards, the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services has established a new award to recognize local board of education members who exhibit innovative and ethical leadership.

Nominations are due by March 5. The David C. Edwards Distinguished School Board Member Service Award will be presented at the BOCES annual meeting in April of each year. This year’s annual meeting is set for April 11.

Nominations are now being accepted of current or former school board members who should be recognized for leadership that fosters ground-breaking improvements in school district programs and operations. Nominees must have served on an HFM BOCES component district board for no fewer than five years. More information and nomination forms can be found at www.hfmboces.org or by calling Christine Eaton, Clerk of the HFM BOCES Board of Education, at (518) 736-4310, Ext. 4696.

“David Edwards was a proud, community-minded individual, who volunteered and held public office throughout much of his life,” HFM board of education president Joanne Freeman said. “This award is an opportunity to honor his memory and the contributions of school board members in our region, who share his commitment and integrity.”

Edwards served 37 years on the BOCES board of education, and was president for several years before his death at age 87 in June. He also served for 12 years on the Mayfield Central School District board of education.

Besides his service in education, Edwards was also a town of Johnstown councilman, zoning board of appeals member and town supervisor. He volunteered for Cornell Cooperative Extension and was appointed by former Gov. George Pataki to serve on the board of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. He was also a member of the Pleasant Square Volunteer Fire Department for more than 60 years.