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Herkimer BOCES administrative budget unanimously approved

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff


HERKIMER – Board members for the 12 Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES component districts voted Wednesday to unanimously approve the 2013-14 Herkimer BOCES administrative budget.

The $2,595,678 BOCES administrative budget for 2013-14 is a less than 2 percent increase from the current school year’s administrative budget.

Each district’s school board voted Wednesday on the BOCES administrative budget and three seats on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education.

The three board candidates ran unopposed and will serve three-year terms from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2016.

Daniel LaLonde, of the Ilion Central School District, and Daniel Voce, of the Herkimer Central School District, were re-elected to the board.
Robert Maxwell, of the Dolgeville Central School District, was elected to the board for the first time. He will fill the seat currently held by BOCES Board of Education President W. Lee Bynon, who didn’t run for re-election this year. Bynon was elected to the board in July 2006 and has been the board president since 2009.

Maxwell has worked in various local education positions including at Oppenheim-Ephratah and Herkimer BOCES. He has a vast history of community involvement – including 10 years as vice president of the Dolgeville Board of Education and 16 years as a Dolgeville village trustee.

LaLonde has been serving on the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education since 2004, and he has been the board’s vice president since 2009. He was first elected to the Ilion Board of Education in 1999 and has been serving as the board president for four years. He also was recently elected as a member of the new Ilion-Mohawk Board of Education. He retired from the Ilion Fire Department after a career-ending injury in 1992.

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

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