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Herkimer BOCES board elects new president, vice-president

July 11, 2019




Thomas Shypski is sworn in by District Clerk Shawn Maxson as board president


New Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Thomas Shypski is sworn in by Board Clerk Shawn Maxson during the board’s reorganization meeting on July 11. Board member Daniel Voce was elected as board vice president.





HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education member Thomas Shypski was recently elected as board president for the first time, and board member Daniel Voce was elected vice president for the first time.

Herkimer BOCES board members elected Shypski and Voce to their one-year leadership terms during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on July 11.

Shypski, who also serves on the Richfield Springs Board of Education, was elected to the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education in 2009 and has served the past six years as board vice president. 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.

Voce has been serving on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2010 and previously served on the Herkimer Board of Education. He is a packaging manager at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica.

During the July 11 reorganization meeting, newly elected board member Jane North, of Central Valley, was sworn in. Voce and board member Janine Lynch were also re-elected to the board.

North has been serving on the Central Valley Board of Education since 2016. She runs her own business, Cut It Up North Salon. Lynch has been serving 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.

The board members were voted on by Herkimer BOCES component district school boards on April 24, and were elected to three-year terms from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022.

Additionally, the reorganization meeting included setting the schedule of meetings for the 2019-20 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. 1 (special meeting)

  • Aug. 8

  • Sept. 5

  • Oct. 10

  • Nov. 13 (a Wednesday)

  • Dec. 12

  • Jan. 9

  • Feb. 13

  • March 12

  • April 16

  • May 21

  • June 11

The board also scheduled its 2020-21 reorganization meeting for July 2, 2020; the career and technical education open house for a date to be finalized in March 2020 and the Herkimer BOCES Annual Meeting for April 2, 2020.