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Ulster Boces

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    Ulster BOCES programs and services benefit almost every student, teacher, administrator, business, and taxpayer in Ulster County. BOCES, or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, operate as extensions of local school districts to help them meet their educational and financial goals. BOCES opens doors to innovative and exciting programs in a manner that is effective, efficient, and fosters equity for all students. The Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education have also charged the 37 BOCES in New York State with providing leadership and developing the capacity of local schools to enhance and improve student achievement. 

    A BOCES service is created when two or more school districts have similar needs that can be met through sharing a program. This is an economical way for districts to provide opportunities they otherwise might not be able to afford or that would be more expensive to provide independently. BOCES programs and services eliminate duplication of such things as staff, classroom space, office space, equipment, and time. BOCES staff members have particular skills and expertise related to each of the programs and services offered, making participation an effective option for districts.

    BOCES were created in 1948 by the New York State legislature and each one has a Board of Education that consists of representatives from each of the component school districts it serves. Members are elected to three-year terms. The chief executive officer of a BOCES also serves as the District Superintendent and works closely with local school districts as both a liaison to and agent of the New York State Commissioner of Education.To see more information click on the links to the left.


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