The admission of guilt by Mr. Popkave is disheartening and concerning, as he seriously breached the trust placed in him by the Rockland BOCES Board and administration.

As the individual formerly responsible for managing all BOCES transportation services, Mr. Popkave was entrusted with supervising the transportation of students with complex disabilities, Career and Technical Education students and district-based learners, in addition to overseeing fleet maintenance and bus driver testing and training programs. He officially retired in June 2016.

Rockland BOCES has cooperated fully with the investigation and will continue to do so.

We’re obviously dismayed and saddened by these circumstances, but cannot comment further on any matters which are part of the ongoing probe.  We hold ourselves, and all of our employees, to the highest standards for professional public administrators.

As we have always done, BOCES will continue to provide students, families and educators the highest level of academic and support services in collaboration with our eight local school districts and community partners.