BOCES programs and services assist local school districts in providing high-quality and varied educational opportunities that are also efficient and cost-effective.
What is a BOCES?
BOCES is an acronym for Board of Cooperative Educational Services, a regional public education service organization. Established in 1948 by the state legislature, BOCES provides high-quality, cost-effective educational services to school districts in New York State. BOCES also provides special education, career and technical education, adult education, professional development, instructional services, educational technology support, library services and a number of management services for component school districts.There are 37 BOCES statewide. Orange-Ulster BOCES first provided services to component districts in 1957 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.
Where is Orange-Ulster BOCES?
The Amy Bull Crist Area Education Center, the main campus of Orange-Ulster BOCES, is located on Gibson Road in Goshen, NY. The complex consists of four buildings housing Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Administrative Offices and the Carl P. Onken Conference Center.
Instructional Support Services, Technology Services, School Library Services, Adult Education Health Careers programs and some CTE programs and Special Education programs are located in the Regional Education Center at Arden Hill located on Harriman Drive in Goshen. Adult educational programs are also offered in the Newburgh Adult Learning Center located on the SUNY Orange campus in Newburgh and in various locations throughout Orange County.
Special Education is provided in the Emanuel Axelrod Education Center in Goshen, the Chester Learning Center in Chester as well as in a number of satellite programs located in component school districts throughout Orange County.
How does BOCES work with local school districts?
BOCES help school districts save money by pooling their resources and sharing costs. BOCES services are created when two or more school districts have similar needs that can be met by sharing staff, office space, equipment and time. Sharing eliminates duplication and allows schools to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.
BOCES also expands opportunities for students. Alone, school districts may not be able to afford the educational programs they desire without increasing the tax burden of residents. Together, through BOCES, districts can provide a rich variety of experiences for students of all interests and ability levels. BOCES opens doors to innovative and exciting programs at a price that districts can afford. BOCES also writes, receives and administers grants which help fund programs for students and staff in local school districts.
How are BOCES services paid for?
Except for administrative costs that are based on each school district’s enrollment, districts pay only for the specific BOCES services they use. These expenses are incorporated into each district’s annual budget. BOCES State Aid is applied to eligible expenses to help offset the costs. Some BOCES services are directly funded by the state or federal government.