The Boards of Education of the component school districts in the Rockland BOCES Supervisory District voted unanimously to approve the agency’s 2019-20 administrative budget of $6.0 million.
In addition, incumbent trustees Bernard Charles, Jr. (East Ramapo) and Sandi Jeanette (Suffern) were re-elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education for three-year terms which begin July 1. Tamara Bierker was elected to represent the Clarkstown Central School District.
“Much like our component school districts, we have taken steps to minimize increases in costs, while at the same time enhancing exceptional programs and quality services that meet the needs of students throughout Rockland County,” said Rockland BOCES Chief Operating Officer Mary Jean Marsico, Ed. D. “For nearly 60 years, Rockland BOCES has provided innovative and cost-conscious solutions that serve students well and advance the mission of our local school districts and the community at-large.
Each school district’s share of the BOCES administrative and capital budgets is based upon the proportion that its students represent among all students in Rockland County, based upon each district’s Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance (RWADA).
Component districts are eligible to receive BOCES operating aid from New York State on most administrative, capital and program expenditures, subject to certain restrictions. BOCES aid is wealth-equalized; thus less affluent districts receive more aid than wealthier districts.
Rockland BOCES’ total 2019-20 budget is $128.4 million.
One of 37 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) throughout New York State, Rockland BOCES serves eight component school districts with a county-wide student population of more than 39,000.