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OHM BOCES Announces Interim District Superintendent, COO Appointments

Upon the direction of New York State Commissioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia, the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Cooperative Board appointed Jacklin G. Starks, district superintendent of the Madison-Oneida BOCES, as interim district superintendent, effective July 1, 2018, following the Jacklin G. Starks retirement of OHM BOCES District Superintendent Howard D. Mettelman, who served the OHM BOCES for 14 years.


Starks was also appointed to serve as the Search Consultant to assist the Board in its efforts to engage a new district superintendent for the OHM BOCES. As the interim district superintendent, Starks will serve as the Commissioner’s field representative for our region.


Per SED, a Chief Operating Officer may also be appointed by the Cooperative Board to assist with the day-to-day activities of the BOCES. At the June 13 Cooperative Board meeting, the appointment of Jack J. Boak Jr., as Chief Operating Officer of the OHM BOCES was approved effective June 13, 2018.


“The Cooperative Board is looking forward to working with both Ms. Starks and Mr. Boak during this interim period at the OHM BOCES,” says Elaine M. Falvo, Cooperative board president. “Their strong leadership and support will allow us to conduct our work of achieving excellence in our schools as we search for new leadership.”

 Jack J. Boak Jr.

Ms. Starks has served as District Superintendent of Madison-Oneida BOCES since 2003. She serves on state-level committees and leads education reform efforts for the region. Ms. Starks has also served as an adjunct instructor at Utica College and SUNY Cortland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from SUNY Brockport, and a master’s degree and certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Cortland.


Mr. Boak served as the district superintendent of the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services from 2003-2014.


He currently serves on the New York State Board of Regents Professional Standards and Professional Practices Board. In addition, Mr. Boak serves as a Leadership Coach for school district administrators in the OHM BOCES region. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Oneonta, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Syracuse University. He also attended the Educational Executives Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard University.


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.