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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Component school boards unanimously approve
Herkimer BOCES 2017-18 administrative budget

Four candidates elected to BOCES Board of Education
April 28, 2017



The 10 Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES component school boards all voted to approve the $2.84 million Herkimer BOCES administrative budget for the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday, April 26.

Each of the component district school boards took a vote on whether to approve the BOCES administrative budget and then cast an overall vote as a board. The vote was 10-0 in favor of approving the budget.

The component school boards also elected Linda Tharp, Michele Szarek, James Schmid and Ronald Loiacono to the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education. There were four candidates for four seats, and all four candidates received votes from all 10 school boards.

Tharp, of Owen D. Young Central School District, has been serving on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for the past three years. She also has served four years on the Owen D. Young Board of Education including the past three as board president.

She attended Holland Patent Central School District, the University at Albany State University of New York, the University of Toledo and SUNY Cortland.

Her experience includes interim elementary principal at Fort Plain Central School District, principal and superintendent at Sharon Springs Central School District, director of pupil personnel services at Whitesboro Central School District, director of guidance at Mohawk Central School District and mathematics teacher and department chair at Little Falls City School District.

Tharp also has served as president of Phi Delta Kappa and the Habitat for Humanity, as well as participated in the New York State School Counselors Association conference in Albany. Her other activities and interests include her family, cooking, traveling, antiques, Sudoku and the Herkimer Area Resource Center.

Szarek, of Poland Central School District, previously served a few years on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education and is currently a member of the Poland Board of Education.

She graduated in 1989 from Mohawk Central School District. She is a stay-at-home mom and is returning to Mohawk Valley Community College in fall 2017 to pursue a degree in business.

Szarek is a member of the Poland Parent-Teacher Association, Poland Fine Arts Fans and Alexander Hose Co. Ladies Auxiliary. She also is a member of the Herkimer BOCES Audit Committee.

Her hobbies include reading, cross-stitching and quilting.

Schmid, of Dolgeville Central School District, is a graduate of the district. He earned an associate degree in engineering science from Mohawk Valley Community College.

He worked for 10 years in construction and then 33 years in the railroad industry for Conrail, which became CSX. He retired in June 2009.

Schmid has served on the Dolgeville Board of Education for three years, is a member of the Salisbury Planning Board, is the vice president of the Salisbury Historical Society and is a member of the Salisbury Center Grange.

He said he enjoys being outside more than inside – with hobbies including hiking, hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoys antiquing and is passionate about the role BOCES fills in society for connecting students to trades jobs.

Loiacono, of Mount Markham Central School District, is a graduate of the district. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University.

He is the owner of Loiacono Farm LLC. He grows fruits and vegetables and has been a self-employed artificial insemination technician for breeding cows for 42 years.

Loiacono is a past president of the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Counties School Boards Institute, received a Distinguished Service Award from the institute in 2015 and received an Education Distinguished Service Award from the Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region in 2014. He has been member of the School Board Panel Presentation at the Rural Schools Association Annual Conference and a facilitator at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Counties School Boards Institute legislative forums.

He is an avid hunter, has been a state certified hunter education instructor for 27 years, enjoys target shooting, is president of the Richfield Sportsman Club Inc., is past president of the Otsego County Federation of Sportsman Clubs, does hydroponic production of fruit and vegetables and does wine and beverage making.





 
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