Student in cosmetologyThe Boards of Education of the component school districts in Rockland BOCES voted unanimously to approve the agency’s 2018-19 administrative budget of $5.8 million.

In addition, incumbent trustees Rosemary Pitruzzella (South Orangetown) and Thomas DePrisco (Pearl River) were re-elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education for three-year terms which begin July 1. Thomas Morr was elected to represent the Nanuet Union Free School District, also starting July 1.

“Much like our component school districts, we have taken steps to minimize increases in costs, while at the same time sustaining 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 schools districts and the community at-large.”

“Working collaboratively, we will continue to support local school districts and preserve opportunities for our students in the face of significant financial challenges to educational programs at both the state and federal levels,” said District Superintendent Charlene Jordan, Ed. D.

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 2018-19 budget is $121 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.