BOCES eyes efficiency grant

JOHNSTOWN – HFM BOCES is looking into applying for a government efficiency grant next year through the Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, according to Superintendent Patrick Michel.

The grant money would be used to complete a six-month study, Michel said. The study would find ways to save money without cutting jobs or programs at local school districts.

After the Nassau BOCES had success with a similar study, Michel brought it to the HFM BOCES Board of Education. Some of the ways local districts could save money is through combining cell phone and wireless bids, Michel said. The study could also find other services and programs to be shared.

The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services already offers some shared services to local school districts, Deputy Superintendent Lorraine Hohenforst said. The districts can pick and choose what services they want to use, she said. For example, HFM BOCES offers transportation and lunch food services. These services are being used currently by Johnstown and Gloversville.

Michel will be talking to local school districts about the grant opportunity later in the year.

In other BOCES news:

The BOE approved a donation of an automobile to the Career and Technical Education Program at its board meeting June 25. Michel donated a Jeep to the program.

Ten of the 13 seniors at Adirondack Learning Academy, a program for home-schooled students, will be graduating. According to Michel, the Academy, hopes to have the remaining three seniors finish by August.

Hohenforst announced she would like to find funds in the budget to continue the Race to the Top Network Team assistance with the common core standards. The Network Team is a group of teachers who help the district implement and succeed in the Race to the Top Federal Program. Currently, the Network Team is funded through the state and funds will end in December.