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‘We are a reflection of you’

Herkimer BOCES forum allows component school officials
to provide feedback on how BOCES can serve their students’ needs

May 7, 2018




Sandra Sherwood speaks in front of the room to local school board members


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Sandra Sherwood speaks to superintendents and board members from component school districts and BOCES during the Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES





HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES recently conducted a regional board forum to help ensure that BOCES is serving the needs of its component school districts and to plan for the needs of students in the years to come.

Prior to the meeting, a survey was sent to representatives from the 10 component school districts about their views on BOCES priorities for the future. The component school superintendents and board members were invited to the forum to further discuss related topics and how they want BOCES to work with their schools.

“BOCES is you,” Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Sandra Sherwood said, to attendees at the start of the meeting. “We are a reflection of you. We are a service agency. If we’re not serving your needs, then we’re not doing our job.”

The Visioning 2030 regional board forum took place on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. The Herkimer BOCES component school districts are Central Valley, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs and West Canada Valley.

After guests ate food prepared by Herkimer BOCES Culinary and Hospitality students, Sherwood and Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute Coordinator for Board Training James Van Wormer spoke about the goals of doing the survey and forum.

“Her philosophy is: ‘How can we serve you?’” Van Wormer said. “It’s a paradigm shift.”

Another goal of the initiative – and why the event was called Visioning 2030 – was to obtain input on how BOCES and its component schools can work together to prepare students for jobs of the future, Van Wormer said.

“The kids that are in your kindergarten classes now will be graduating in 2030,” he said. “We know the research says that the careers most of them will be in are non-existent right now.”

The idea is that the results of the forum will help make sure that when current kindergarteners walk across the stage to graduate in 2030, they will be college and career ready, Van Wormer said.

Sherwood then reviewed some of the results from the survey.

“There’s data there for us to learn from,” she said.

The survey helped identify five areas of interest for discussion at the forum, Sherwood said. Guests were broken into five groups and rotated to five stations to discuss each of the following topics, as Herkimer BOCES administrators took notes:

  • Necessary skills for the year 2030;

  • Partnerships/shared services;

  • Professional development, curriculum and instruction;

  • Technology;

  • How to share facilities as a region to do more for our children.

The discussions at the forum will help Herkimer BOCES continue to adjust its services and structure to meet regional goals, Sherwood said, to attendees.

“Vision – without implementation – is hallucination, and now it is up to us to put some of these ideas into action,” she said.




Sandra Sherwood speaks in front of the room to local school board members


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Sandra Sherwood speaks to superintendents and board members from component school districts and BOCES during the Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




James Van Wormer talking during regional board forum


Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute Coordinator for Board Training James Van Wormer talks about the goals of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




James Van Wormer talking during regional board forum


Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute Coordinator for Board Training James Van Wormer talks about the goals of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Local school officials meet in small groups in the VP-TECH classrooms


School officials and board members from Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and its component school districts talk in groups about how to work together to meet student needs during the Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Local school officials meet in small groups in the VP-TECH classrooms


School officials and board members from Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and its component school districts talk in groups about how to work together to meet student needs during the Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Local school officials meet in small groups in the VP-TECH classrooms


School officials and board members from Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and its component school districts talk in groups about how to work together to meet student needs during the Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Local school officials meet in small groups in the VP-TECH classrooms


School officials and board members from Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and its component school districts talk in groups about how to work together to meet student needs during the Visioning 2030 regional board forum on Thursday, May 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. View more photos from the event at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.