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Regional Information Centers (RICs) in NYS

Integration of Technology

Utilizing technology tools to enhance student learning.

Data Analysis, Integration & Verification

We assist districts in collecting, reporting and analyzing data.

Administrative Systems

Effectively leveraging an array of administrative solutions for school districts.

Technical Assistance

Support in evaluating, purchasing, installing and maintaining an array of technologies.
What is a RIC?

The Regional Information Centers (RICs) are organized under the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).  Presently, there are 12 Regional Information Centers in New York State, each administratively aligned under a BOCES. Typically, a RIC serves several BOCES within their region, two exceptions are Nassau BOCES and Greater Southern Tier BOCES, which have dedicated RICs. Regional Information Centers (RICs) offer 21st century classroom tools to optimize student achievement.

Regionalizing
By regionalizing services, the RICs, in particular, make a wider range of technology skill sets available to school districts.This relationship increases the buying power of a district and promotes consistent technical standards. This cost effective system continues to lighten the burden placed on local taxpayers and has leveled the playing field so that no matter the size of a district, the best resources remain within reach for New York students.

RIC Services

RICs offer different services from one another and may support different products or vendors for these services. Collaboration on service and software contracts occurs regularly in the following areas:

  • Administrative Systems
  • Data Analysis, Integration & Verification
  • Integration of Technology
  • Technical Support

The RIC Directors meet formally on a monthly basis to coordinate statewide initiatives and leverage capabilities. RICs sometimes cross contract with one another on behalf of member school districts for services.