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HFM BOCES welcomes newest members, organizes

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed back recently reelected members and appointed board officers during the annual reorganizational meeting.

Board of Education members Jean LaPorta of the Gloversville Enlarged School District and John DeValve of the Canajoharie Central School District were each administered the oath of office during Wednesday’s meeting conducted by videoconference. LaPorta and DeValve were each reelected to three-year terms commencing on July 1 by the school boards of HFM BOCES’ component districts in April.

Also elected to the HFM BOCES Board of Education in April was Gustavo Sacerio of the Greater Johnstown School District. Sacerio was sworn into office during the May 27 meeting, filling the two-year unexpired term previously held by former board President Joanne Freeman who passed away in December.

Incumbents LaPorta and DeValve and newcomer Sacerio each ran unopposed in the April elections.

Following the official reinstallation of the returning board members, the school board on Wednesday elected officers for the 2020-21 school year. Harry Brooks, who was appointed board president in January following the passage of Freeman, was once again nominated and elected president by his fellow board members.

Brooks thanked the board for the opportunity to remain at the helm for the upcoming year, while recommending that for the 2021-22 school year a new board president should be selected to allow each school board member over time to take on leadership roles.

“I am happy to be the board president this year, but I would like to indicate that next year, I think it would be time for another of our members to take that role,” said Brooks. “I am happy to serve and I will do the best that I can, but I would see this as my last year as board president. Hopefully, those of you who feel that you’re interested in taking on these roles will think about that over the course of the year and we will pass this position on to somebody else next year.”

Brooks in accepting the position promised to continue working closely with District Superintendent David Ziskin who is entering his second year as the leader of HFM BOCES and to keep the board informed of any ongoing business.

The board additionally nominated and elected LaPorta to her second term as vice president. LaPorta thanked the board for the opportunity to continue serving.

“I’m honored to take this position and I will do the best job I can,” said LaPorta. “I’m looking forward to working with you, Harry, and Dr. Ziskin and the rest of the board.”

Brooks echoed LaPorta’s enthusiasm over the chance to continue working closely together in the coming year before he and LaPorta were each administered the oath of office.

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