A BOCES Budget differs from a school district budget in several ways. The best way to understand the BOCES budget is to look at it in pieces. There are three categories: the Administrative Budget, the Capital & Rental Budget and the Program Budgets.
1. The Administrative Budget includes the personnel and related expenses for the Central Administration. This includes the salaries and benefits for the District Superintendent, three Assistant Superintendents, their clerical staff as well as office supplies and equipment. Other contractual expenses include such services as auditing, liability insurance, retiree health, conferences and postage for the Administrative operations.
2. The Administrative Budget receives its income from each component district using a State Education Department-developed formula known as RWADA (Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance). Based upon student attendance (a measure of enrollment), each district pays a proportional amount based on their share of the total RWADA. Therefore, larger districts pay a larger share while smaller districts pay a smaller share of the Administrative costs.
3. The Administrative Budget is voted on each year by members of the component school districts’ Boards of Education.