ILION – The vote regarding whether or not Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES should purchase the Remington Educational Complex from the Central Valley School District has been postponed indefinitely. The educational building in Ilion currently houses Pathways Academy and other BOCES educational services, and Herkimer BOCES leases the building from Central Valley.
Herkimer BOCES posted on their website that their school board and the Central Valley school board voted last Thursday to indefinitely postpone the public vote, which was originally scheduled for November 14. The vote was postponed so they could further review the potential impacts of the purchase, such as the use of the fields behind the building, according to BOCES.
The notice states that both school boards are developing an eight-year extension on the current one-year lease for the school building, which runs through August 2018. If the eight-year lease extension is approved by both school boards, Herkimer BOCES would have access to the building until August 2026, allowing them to continue operating their programs for school-aged students and adult education programs while the vote on the purchase of the building is postponed.
According to Herkimer BOCES, nearly 160 school-aged children attended Herkimer BOCES programs at the Remington school building last school year, and 475 adult students received education there last year. Offices in that building also support the education of 860 students throughout the region.