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BOCES gets new vision, mission, slogan

December 15, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services at a recent meeting formally accepted a new slogan, mission and vision developed by the Shared Decision Making Team.

Members of the decision making team, Nicole Panton and Nancy Turnbull, presented the board with what they developed through a seven-question survey provided to students, teachers, board of education members, administrators and area residents.

Panton said the team received 723 responses on the survey and used the information submitted to develop a clear mission, vision and slogan based on reoccuring terms or trends found in the survey results.

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Members of the Shared Decision Making Team, Nicole Panton, left, and Nancy Turnbull, present the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education with the new vision, mission and slogan at the board’s meeting Wednesday.
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"It was a lot of information to go through, but many of the same words and ideas came up repeatedly," Panton said during the meeting. "We wanted to make sure our vision, mission and slogan somehow embedded those words into what we are all about."

The new vision the team developed is, "HFM BOCES - transforming lives through innovative leadership and educational excellence."

The mission will be, "through collaborative partnership and innovative leadership, HFM BOCES creates educational opportunities, prepares individuals for life long success and provides efficient, high-quality services to the region."

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New vision

The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education formally approved a new vision, mission, and slogan at its Wednesday meeting.

Vision: HFM BOCES - transforming lives through innovative leadership and educational excellence.

Mission: Through collaborative partnerships and innovative leadership, HFM BOCES:

Creates educational opportunities.

Prepares individuals for life-long success.

Provides efficient, high-quality services to the region.

Slogan: "HFM BOCES - We Transform Lives"

The slogan for the district will be, "HFM BOCES - We Transform Lives."

Turnbull said the team made several revisions of the three to make sure it embodied what BOCES is and plans to do in the future.

Panton said the team plans to highlight members of the staff as the first step, but eventually will move to market it with T-shirts and sweatshirts.

"We thought we may highlight staff within the school that exhibits these traits and ideas every day," Panton said.

"We also realized that there are divisions within BOCES that have T-shirts or sweatshirts, but we don't have anything like that for the entire BOCES district," added Turnbull. "I think we have worked hard to put this together."

Board member Joanne Freeman suggested involving the BOCES multimedia students in designing a 60-second advertisement to be put on the website or public access channel to start to develop a marketing plan.

"Using this as part of our logo and using this opportunity in the classroom will really increase the support within our district," she said.

District Superintendent Patrick Michel said during the meeting he supported developing these ideas into commercials for the the public access channel or website.

"This will serve as a great marketing tool and will also be used to ask ourselves if the decisions we are making as a board support our mission and vision to improve the district," Michel said following the meeting.



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