BOCES board head not seeking re-election

BROADALBIN – The president of the HFM BOCES Board of Education announced at the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District meeting Monday he will not seek re-election after this year.

Robert Townsend has served on the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Board of Education for 15 years. Before that he served on the Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education, bringing his total time served between the boards to 30 years.

His last term will end in June.

“I have decided not to run again for another term,” Townsend said at the meeting. “I want to thank you all very much for the support over those 15 years. It has been my honor and privilege to represent this school district as part of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES district.”

Townsend also recommended the board nominate a representative from the district to run for his position on the board of education.

“BOCES plays an extremely important role within the educational community,” Townsend said. “I think Broadalbin-Perth can offer an awful lot to the district.”

Townsend received a standing ovation after his announcement.

Broadalbin-Perth Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson personally thanked Townsend for his service and dedication to the children within the district and highlighted that Townsend played a important role during the Broadalbin and Perth merger about 25 years ago.

“Bob Townsend has been a true leader,” HFM BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel said. “He led BOCES through the transition of district superintendents with the tragic loss of [former superintendent] Dr. Davis. He has worked diligently to create the new building we have, and he has been a true educational leader in every sense. He has given selflessly to the entire BOCES region and will be deeply missed.”

Michel said the BOCES board has seven members although it represents 15 component school districts. The individual school boards can nominate anyone to be on the BOCES board, but all the districts get one vote for the representative they would like to fill the vacant positions.

Once the board is established the seven members will then vote on the president they would like to represent them. The other seat on the BOCES board that is set to expire is the position held by Joanne Freeman.

Michel said Freeman, who resides in the Greater Johnstown School District, will run for re-election to the board this year.