BOCES employees celebrating the success.1,013 to 136 Vote Clears the Way for Construction of $3.9 Million Aquatics Facility at the Jesse J. Kaplan School in West Nyack

Rockland BOCES is proud to announce that voters from across Rockland County have approved the addition of a new adaptive swimming pool complex at the Jesse J. Kaplan School in West Nyack. The high-tech, indoor therapy and fitness pools are designed to improve mobility, build confidence, increase health and wellness and will teach children with special needs to be safe around water for the rest of their lives.

Rockland BOCES Chief Operating Officer Dr. Mary Jean Marsico said, “We are truly thankful that our pool referendum received such a positive response from Rockland County residents. The support of our community will allow our learners to continue to receive a high-quality education and enhanced therapeutic opportunities. The impact will be felt for years to come.”

Rockland BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charlene Jordan said, “This overwhelming approval by local voters means that Rockland BOCES can better serve not only the students with special needs in our buildings today, but for generations to come, as they participate in a rich variety of aquatic programs that boost physical activity levels and develop self-confidence.”

According to official results from the Rockland County Board of Elections, the Kaplan pool referendum was approved with more than 88% of voters in favor.

As the nature and needs of local students become more extensive, Rockland BOCES must provide the latest educational programs, services and facilities that support their optimal growth and development. Kaplan’s existing indoor swimming pool is over 40 years old and must be replaced.

The $3.9 million, 8,200 square foot Aquatics Center is fully funded and represents NO additional cost to taxpayers. The necessary funds have already been set aside for the new pool facility. There will be no resources requested from the component school districts in Rockland County, and thus no impact to taxpayers.

Once bids have been awarded this fall, Rockland BOCES will commence construction and break ground in early 2018.

Dr. Marsico and Dr. Jordan are grateful to every member of the Cabinet, Expanded Cabinet and Administrative Team who spent countless hours over the past several weeks to share the message of the referendum with the community and educate voters on the proposed project.  Said Dr. Marsico, “The future possibilities of what this aquatics complex will mean for all Rockland BOCES students will now be realized thanks to the tireless efforts of those BOCES employees, volunteers and other supporters who helped to spread the word to local residents.”

The Jesse J. Kaplan School offers a stimulating learning environment for students ages 5 to 21 with autism, cognitive disabilities, medical fragility and/or multiple disabilities. Students reach their potential in a school that blends high educational standards, nursing services and therapies.

For more information about the Kaplan School, click here.