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OHM BOCES District Superintendent Announces Retirement

After more than 14 years at the helm, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES District Superintendent Howard D. Mettelman on Thursday announced to staff his retirement effective June 30, 2018.

 Howard D. Mettelman

The OHM BOCES Board approved Mettelman’s retirement during a board meeting Wednesday night.


“Howard Mettelman has been a dynamic, dedicated and committed leader of the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services,” said Elaine M. Falvo, OHM BOCES cooperative board president. “He has guided our Board and led our staff in expanding our programs, building state-of-the-art facilities and developing partnerships with other community schools, colleges, organizations and governmental entities. He has always focused his efforts and energy in meeting the emerging needs of the children in the BOCES 12 component school districts and beyond. Mr. Mettelman is a leader who has set the bar high for all educators. He has been highly admired and respected by the entire community. His leadership and service will be truly missed.” 


Mettelman has served as the OHM BOCES district superintendent since April 2004, following more than five years as the Oriskany Central School District’s superintendent. He has worked in the Mohawk Valley for his entire 45-year career in education, including serving the Madison-Oneida BOCES, the Camden Central School District and Notre Dame in Utica.


Among Mettelman’s major accomplishments as OHM BOCES District Superintendent, he initiated a $38.5 million capital project that renovated and expanded the facilities at the Middle Settlement Road campus into a state-of-the-art facility that is currently used to prepare students and adults for both college and careers after they graduate. He also oversaw the creation of the Mandarin Chinese distance learning program that serves more than 700 students in grades six through 12 throughout the state. In addition, he secured a $5.9 million Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant initiative and, most recently, worked with the 12 component school districts to launch the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program permitting students to obtain their Regents diploma and an associate’s degree from Mohawk Valley Community College.


Over the past 14 years Mettelman has seen the expansion of programs in career and technical education, special education and alternative education. A major growth area has been his work with the School and Business Alliance. This area of focus has led to the growth of more than 1,300 student internships in collaboration with business and industry in 2017.


“I feel grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve an organization that provides innovative leadership, programs and services to our component school districts,” said Mettelman. “It has been a privilege to work with the BOCES staff, our cooperative board, component school districts and our countless community partners, as well as my colleagues at the state level. The OHM BOCES will always be a special place to me.”


As a district superintendent, Mettelman has served a dual role as the Commissioner of Education’s representative for the 12 component school districts in the OHM BOCES region and as the chief executive officer of the OHM BOCES.


The OHM BOCES serves the following 12 school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New York Mills, New Hartford, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.


Jean Palmer