NEW HARTFORD – 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, a news release said.

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,” Elaine M. Falvo, OHM BOCES cooperative board president, said in a news release. “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, the release said. 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.