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What are Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)?

BOCES exist to provide specialized educational services to school

districts. Many times these services represent a financial burden for individual districts that can be delivered more efficiently and effectively through a cost sharing organization. These services include special education, federal programs, staff development, teacher & principal licensure, data processing, library & media, career & technical education, and cooperative purchasing.

How are BOCES Governed?

Each BOCES is governed by a Board of Directors. Each participating district has a representative that serves on the board, concurrent with his/her local school board. An alternate is appointed for each district also. The Board of Directors is required to meet at least four times a year by law.

Who is Advisory to the BOCES?

The superintendent of each member school district serves on the Superintendents Advisory Council. The committee meets each month to make recommendations on budget, programs, personnel, and policy issues. Such recommendations are made to the Board of Directors.

How are BOCES Administered?

The Board of Directors appoints an Executive Director who serves as chief executive officer. He/She is responsible for the administration of all divisions and programs offered through the BOCES. These responsibilities include the implementation of policy, budget preparation, staff employment, staff evaluation, as well as other organizational administrative duties.