Smiling studentsThe Boards of Education of the component school districts in Rockland BOCES voted unanimously to approve the agency’s 2017-18 administrative budget of $5.19 million.

In addition, incumbent trustees Michael Mark (Nyack), Peggy Zugibe (North Rockland) and Deborah Gatti (Member-At-Large) were re-elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education for three-year terms which begin July 1.  Edward Dingman was elected to represent the Nanuet Union Free School District.

“For nearly 60 years, Rockland BOCES has been helping our local school districts further contain costs by providing innovative instructional programming and key functions such as cooperative purchasing, health and safety inspections, professional development, transportation and technology services,” said Rockland BOCES Chief Operating Officer Mary Jean Marsico, Ed. D. “We thank our component district trustees for their continued confidence in Rockland BOCES as a valued partner.”

“Rockland BOCES proposed a thoughtful budget that reflects our priorities and reaffirms our commitment to education and efficiency,” said District Superintendent Charlene Jordan, Ed. D. “We pledge to continue our efforts to contain costs while providing high quality programs and services for Rockland County’s children and families.”

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 the state’s calculation of Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance (RWADA).

Component districts are eligible to receive BOCES operating aid from the 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 2017-18 budget amounts to $117 million.

The East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education did not vote due to a religious observance.

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.