Herkimer BOCES logo in two shades of blue and the slogan creating opportunities for growth

The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES component school boards recently approved the $3,629,928 Herkimer BOCES administrative budget for the 2022-23 school year.

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 budget passed unanimously among the nine component school boards that were able to vote. The 10th component school board, Poland, was unable to meet due to power outages.

The component school boards also unanimously voted for four Herkimer BOCES Board of Education members. The following candidates were elected to three-year terms from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025: Travis Costin, representing Central Valley; Samuel Luce, representing Herkimer; Janine Lynch, representing West Canada Valley, and Holly Pullis, representing Owen D. Young. There were no other candidates for the BOCES board seats.

Costin was elected to the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for the first time. He will replace Jane North, who is serving one term on the BOCES board from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022, and did not run for re-election.

Costin has served on the Central Valley Board of Education for six years and has two children attending the district. He went to high school in Glens Falls, graduated from SUNY Cortland in business economics and works in the wholesale department for Carriage Traders/Romeo Auto Group. His favorite activities include boating, fishing, hunting, skiing and coaching.

Luce, Lynch and Pullis were re-elected to their current seats on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education.

Luce has served on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2021. He a pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica and has served as the education director there for 24 years.

Lynch has served on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2016 and the West Canada Valley Board of Education since 2015. She works for MetLife Insurance Co.

Pullis has served on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2021 and the Owen D. Young Board of Education since 2015. She owns and operates Hollywood Enterprises, works part-time for a local attorney/certified public accountant, is an independent sales consultant and is involved in the Pullis family's Roedale Farm.