“A BOCES providing world-class opportunities for the districts we represent.”
“To provide leadership and support systems through teamwork with component districts to enhance student outcomes and lifelong learning.”
What is BOCES?
BOCES stands for “Board of Cooperative Educational Services.” BOCES is a public organization that was created by the New York State Legislature in 1948 to provide shared educational programs and services to school districts.
How does BOCES work?
BOCES services are created when two or more school districts decide they have similar needs that can be met by a shared program. BOCES helps school districts save money by providing opportunities to pool resources and share costs.
Sharing is an economical way for districts to provide programs and services that they might not be able to afford otherwise. It is more efficient and less costly to operate one central service than it is to have separate programs in each school district. However, BOCES services are often customized, offering districts the flexibility to meet their individual needs.
Who makes the decision about which BOCES Services to purchase?
Each year local Boards of Education review their districts’ needs and make decisions about BOCES services. Because districts’ needs change every year, decisions about BOCES services may also change every year. The decision of whether or not to participate in BOCES services is based on the unique needs of each school district. If the school district does not require a particular BOCES service, then the school does not make a request to purchase those services.
- Provide high quality instructional programs that will prepare all students to be responsible, productive, and informed contributors to their community.
- Provide effective leadership and support to assist districts in meeting the needs of all students.
- Develop and enhance partnerships to provide high quality, cost effective collaborative services.
- Develop and enhance communication within ONC BOCES and the region.