NEW HARTFORD — Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES District Superintendent Howard D. Mettelman has announced his retirement, effective June 30, the New Hartford-based BOCES announced.
Mettelman has been OHM BOCES superintendent since 2004, after more than five years as Oriskany Central School District superintendent.
Overall he has worked in the Mohawk Valley for his entire 45-year career in education, also including Madison-Oneida BOCES, the Camden Central School District and Notre Dame school in Utica.
Mettelman “has been a dynamic, dedicated and committed leader” of OHM BOCES, said Elaine M. Falvo, OHM BOCES cooperative board president.Among Mettelman’s accomplishments at OHM BOCES: initiating a $38.5 million capital project that renovated and expanded facilities at the Middle Settlement Road campus in New Hartford; overseeing creation of the Mandarin Chinese distance learning program that serves more than 700 students in grades 6-12 throughout the state; securing a $5.9 million Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant initiative; and working with component school districts to launch the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program.
“I feel grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve an organization that provides innovative leadership, programs and services to our component school districts....The OHM BOCES will always be a special place to me,” said Mettelman.
School districts served by OHM BOCES include Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New York Mills, New Hartford, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.