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Herkimer BOCES board re-elects president, vice-president

July 12, 2018




BOCES Board President Dan LaLonde holds up his hand & is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson for his sixth one-year term as board president during the board’s reorganization meeting on July 5.





HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde and Vice President Thomas Shypski were recently re-elected to their sixth consecutive one-year terms in the positions.

Herkimer BOCES board members re-elected LaLonde and Shypski during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on July 5.

LaLonde has been serving on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2004 including four years as vice president and the past five years as board president. He was elected to the Ilion Board of Education in 1999 – serving part of his time as board president. He served on the Central Valley board since its inception, and did not run for re-election this year. He retired from the Ilion Fire Department after a career-ending injury in 1992.

Shypski, who also serves on the Richfield Springs Board of Education, was elected to the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education in 2009. Shypski has a business management/economics degree from Albany State, worked most of his career in agribusiness on the family Cullen Pumpkin Farm just outside of Richfield and is now retired from his position as water superintendent for the village of Richfield Springs.

During the July 5 reorganization meeting, newly elected board member Mike Clements, of Frankfort-Schuyler, was sworn in. Shypski and board member William Miller were also re-elected to the board. Miller, who also is the current New York State School Boards Association president, has served on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2002.

The board members were voted on by Herkimer BOCES component district school boards on April 18, and were elected to three-year terms from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.

Additionally, the reorganization meeting included setting the schedule of meetings for the 2018-19 school year. The board’s meetings will all take place at 5:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays (with one exception noted below):

  • Aug. 9
  • Sept. 6
  • Oct. 11
  • Nov. 14 (a Wednesday)
  • Dec. 13
  • Jan. 17
  • Feb. 14
  • March 14
  • April 25
  • May 16
  • June 13

The board also scheduled its 2019-20 reorganization meeting for July 11, 2019; the career and technical education open house for a date to be finalized in March 2019 and the Herkimer BOCES Annual Meeting for April 4, 2019.



Board VP Thomas Shypski holds up his hand & is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education Vice President Thomas Shypski is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson for his sixth one-year term as board vice president during the board’s reorganization meeting on July 5.




Board member Mike Clements holds up his hand & is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson


Mike Clements is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson as a member of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education during the board’s reorganization meeting on July 5. Herkimer BOCES component district school boards elected Clements to the BOCES board on April 18.




William Miller holds up his hand & is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson


William Miller is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson as a member of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education during the board’s reorganization meeting on July 5. Herkimer BOCES component district school boards re-elected Miller, who also is the current New York State School Boards Association president, to the BOCES board on April 18.




Board VP Thomas Shypski holds up his hand & is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson


Thomas Shypski is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson as a member of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education during the board’s reorganization meeting on July 5. Herkimer BOCES component district school boards re-elected Shypski to the BOCES board on April 18.