Brooks to run for HFM BOCES board


The Leader-Herald

BROADALBIN – The Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education made a formal nomination on Monday for Harry Brooks to run in the election to fill the vacant position on the HFM BOCES Board of Education.

“We are very fortunate that we have Dr. Brooks to step up for that position,” Broadalbin-Perth Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said at the meeting. “We needed someone to represent our community on the BOCES Board.”

The Broadalbin-Perth Board passed a resolution nominating Brooks to run for the position on the board, but ultimately he will still need to win the election to be a member of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

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 each district gets one vote for the representative it would like to fill the vacant positions. The election of members to the HFM BOCES Board will be held April 24.

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

Brooks said he has been associated with HFM BOCES since 1979 when he first became the superintendent of the Edinburg Common School. He served as superintendent there for five years before leaving the area and eventually returned in 1989 to become superintendent of Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, where he served for 15 years.

He then was an interim superintendent for the Northville Central School District for two years and last spring also was interim superintendent for the Wheelerville Union Free School District.

“I am a career educator,” Brooks said. “I think what I bring to the table is a good perspective on education in general and the specific view of education as a school administrator. I understand the budgeting concerns that districts are having and I also understand the vital role that BOCES can play in providing programs for students.”

He said he hopes to assist the BOCES board in expanding the offerings it provides students and containing costs.

Brooks said he had conversations with HFM BOCES Board President Robert Townsend, who piqued his interest in running for the open position.

“I will try to step in and assist what is already proven to be a great program and hopefully work with others to keep it on that track,” Brooks said.

At the last meeting, Townsend said he will not seek re-election after this year.