retires after 24 years on HFM BOCES board
During the June 26 Closing Day program, HFM BOCES staff
members bid farewell to HFM BOCES Board of Education Vice
President Josephine "Josie" Watts who retired effective June
30 after serving 24 years on the BOCES board.
Mrs. Watts also previously served 11 years on the
Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education.
A retired secretary and former school bus driver, Mrs. Watts
said she "was privileged to have the opportunity to appoint
some of the best directors, teachers and other instructors"
during her tenure on the HFM BOCES board.
gets recognized," she added, "but there are a couple of
departments that don't get the flowers they deserve." She
asked the audience to acknowledge the dedication and hard
work of the Special Education clerical workers, business
office employees, and staff of the Substitute Calling
Services. She also asked for a round of applause for the
teachers and staff of the HFM BOCES Alternative High School.
With her retirement imminent, Mrs. Watts said she and her
husband plan to do more traveling, as well as spend time at
their camp in Pine Lake. She also plans to devote more time
to her two daughters, seven grandchildren and three
"You know they say, old school board members never die," she
said in closing, "they just fade away. Ladies and gentlemen,
this gal isn't going to fade away. I am going to be looking all
over," she added, keeping a watchful eye on HFM BOCES even in