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Appointment of New District Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer

The New York State Commissioner of Education ordered Dr. Patricia Kilburn that a meeting of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services for the Sole Supervisory District of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties be held on July 29, 2019, for the purpose of appointing a district superintendent of schools. 

During that meeting, the Cooperative Board appointed Patricia N. Kilburn, Ed.D. to serve as the district superintendent of the OHM BOCES. Dr. Kilburn has an anticipated start date of Sept. 30. 

As the district superintendent, Dr. Kilburn will serve 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. 

“I am truly excited to become part of the OHM family,” Dr. Kilburn said. “I am dedicated to providing opportunities for children to reach their full potential, and this is at the heart of what a BOCES does. Throughout the candidacy process, I met with cooperative board members, faculty, administrators and component school district superintendents who care deeply about their children and their communities. I am honored to serve them and our students as their district superintendent.” 

Since 2017, Dr. Kilburn has served as the superintendent of the Greater Johnstown Central School District in Fulton County. In her current position, she oversees a K-12 district of approximately 1,750 students in five schools. She previously served as the Johnstown district’s assistant superintendent and director of curriculum, testing and personnel. 

Her professional experience also includes serving as a guest speaker for educational leadership courses at SUNY Plattsburgh; serving as a third reader for doctoral dissertations and defense; providing professional development in three Capital Region districts; supporting and facilitating administrative retreats at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES; and planning, implementing and presenting during a regional teacher leadership development project. 

Dr. Kilburn holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from SUNY Potsdam; a master’s degree in early childhood education and a certificate of advanced study in school and district administration from The College of Saint Rose; and a doctorate in education leadership from Sage Graduate Schools. 

Dr. Kilburn will replace Interim District Superintendent Jacklin G. Starks and Chief Operating Officer Jack J. Boak Jr., who were both appointed to their respective positions following the retirement of previous OHM BOCES District Superintendent Howard D. Mettleman on June 30, 2018. The OHM BOCES conducted three thorough national searches for a new leader since Mettelman’s retirement. 

“As a board, we felt it was important to take our time, interview multiple qualified candidates and have thoughtful deliberation on who our next leader would be,” said OHM BOCES Cooperative Board President Elaine M. Falvo. “We looked for a candidate who could move this BOCES forward, continue the outstanding services this BOCES provides, and take this institution to the next level to keep it the best in the state. We found that match in Dr. Kilburn and we are excited to welcome her to our organization.” 

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