providing world-class opportunities for the districts we
provide leadership and support systems through teamwork with component districts to enhance students’ opportunities for a world
stands for “Board of Cooperative Educational Services.” BOCES is a
public organization that was created by the New York State Legislature in 1948
to provide shared educational programs and services to school
BOCES services are created when two or more school
districts decide they have similar needs that can be met by a shared
BOCES helps school districts save money by providing
opportunities to pool resources and share costs.
Sharing is an economical way for districts to provide
programs and services that they might not be able to afford
It is more efficient and less costly to operate one
central service than it is to have separate programs in each school
However, BOCES services are often customized,
offering districts the flexibility to meet their individual
Each year local Boards of
Education review their districts’ needs and make decisions about BOCES
districts’ needs change every year, decisions about BOCES services may also
change every year.
The decision of whether or not to participate in
BOCES services is based on the unique needs of each school district. If the
school district does not require a particular BOCES service, then the school
does not make a request to purchase those
- Provide high quality instructional programs
that will prepare all students to be responsible, productive, and informed
contributors to their community.
- Provide effective leadership and support to
assist districts in meeting the needs of all students.
- Develop and enhance partnerships to provide
high quality, cost effective collaborative services.
- Develop and enhance communication within ONC
BOCES and the region.