BOCES by the numbers...

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37 BOCES IN NEW YORK STATE

For 70 years, the 37 BOCES of New York have provided shared educational programs and services to school districts across the state. With BOCES as a partner, school districts can be strategic in deploying shared programs that serve students from all districts regardless of their enrollment, income or size of tax base.

Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are continuously looking to the future to develop and evolve programs that align with the needs of their students, school districts and communities. This data report showcases the successes of BOCES students, school districts and programs in the 2019-2020 school year. We are proud of our role in this work.

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students developed college and career-ready skills through CTE programs taught by BOCES.

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$ 00 +

was saved through the 724 cooperative bids organized by BOCES in one year.

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businesses had representatives serve on BOCES CTE advisory councils.

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$ 00

was saved by the 601 school districts participating in BOCES energy cooperatives in one year.

Educator
for All Ages and Abilities

BOCES’ mission is to educate every individual, regardless of their age or ability. We collaborate with our districts to develop programs designed to enhance student achievement.

Many BOCES programs are instructional and include, but are not limited to:
  • Career and technical programs for high school students
  • Services for students with disabilities
  • Professional development
  • Mental health programs
  • Instructional technology
  • Itinerant teacher services
  • General instructional programs, such as English as a second language, high school equivalency and gifted and talented programs
  • Regional summer school programs
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37,997

students developed

college and career-ready skills through CTE programs taught by BOCES.

90%

of 2019-20

CTE students

graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent, as reported by 29 BOCES.

At least

14,146

credits were earned

by students enrolled in specialized high school programs.

15

BOCES had 50%

or more of graduates go on to college after graduation.

11,675

adult students improved

their language comprehension, speaking and literacy skills through English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at BOCES.

16,670

students’ needs

were supported in special education classrooms operated by a BOCES.

9,871

adult students

broadened their employment options by taking High School Equivalency (HSE) courses taught
by a BOCES.

20

BOCES saw

at least one-third of students directly enter the workforce after graduation.

Facilitator
of Collaboration & Efficiency

BOCES are the premier example of intermunicipal collaboration in New York state. We are able to leverage the strength of multiple school districts to provide a wide variety of services that, individually, school districts could not provide because the costs would be prohibitive.

Through collaboration, BOCES is able to provide non-instructional support services that help school districts contain costs. Examples include:
  • Claims Auditing
  • Cooperative Purchasing
  • Food Service Management
  • Information Technology
  • Medicaid Data Processing
  • Printing Service
  • Public Relations
  • Safety & Risk Management
  • Substitute Coordination
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2,173

colleges and universities

have joined articulation agreements with BOCES CTE programs.

88%

of districts

received support from the Regional Information Centers in effectively utilizing student management systems.

174

districts share

central business office staff or functions via BOCES

More than

$19.2 M

is estimated

to be saved through the 737 cooperative bids organized by BOCES in one year.

More than

320

school districts

currently participate in a BOCES-coordinated health benefits consortium.

BOCES drew

214,577

attendees

to their professional development workshops.

$3.6 million

was saved by the 601

school districts participating in BOCES energy cooperatives in one year.

Engine
for Economic Growth

BOCES has a vast network of education and industry professionals who help foster career skills. These partnerships provide a pipeline of skilled workers and circulate millions of dollars back into the local economy. BOCES statewide stand ready to expand educational programs and services to meet the need to grow the skilled workforce.

BOCES partnered with many businesses throughout the state to provide training for local workforce needs, including:
  • Archcare at Ferncliff
  • Candela Lighting
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Department of Social Services
  • General Mills
  • Good Year
  • The McGuire Group
  • NY Power Authority
  • Spruce Haven Farm
  • United Helpers
  • Veterans Affairs
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15,568

adult students

improved their job prospects by enrolling in BOCES workforce development courses.

1,311

students worked

side-by-side with industry professionals in advanced-level career courses through BOCES New Visions programs.

more than

5,661

businesses

had representatives serve on BOCES CTE advisory councils.

1,176

distance learning/online

courses were available to students with the assistance of BOCES.

2,736

high school students

advanced their learning through New Tech High School, Early College High School and P-TECH programs that are closely linked with business and higher education.

395

businesses

around the state partnered with BOCES to provide training for their staff.

65

new CTE programs

have been developed through partnerships and guidance from local businesses.

236,425

instructional computers

were purchased by BOCES for their component districts in addition to the devices offered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Response
to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-related school closures and school reopening plans, BOCES across the state contributed the following resources to their communities between mid-March and October 2020.

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About

5.1 million

meals

were provided by BOCES food service management programs.

229

BOCES food pickup

sites were available to families.

652

BOCES staff members

were trained to help area emergency response teams with things like contact tracing, call centers, testing and triage.

More than

172,443

computers, tablets and laptops

were purchased for BOCES and on behalf of their component districts as a result of reopening plans.

292,268

individual items,

806

boxes and

151

cases of facemasks or other PPE items were donated to medical facilities by BOCES.

1,216,587

meals

were delivered to families by BOCES staff.

36

BOCES

prepared resources for staff or students such as eBook resources or support training for video technology such as Zoom or WebEx.

More than

5,804

professional development

opportunities were offered to BOCES staff and their districts’ staff members as a result of BOCES reopening plans.

9,000

items and

319

cases of food were collected for local food banks by BOCES.

13

BOCES

provided meals above and beyond what was required when schools reopened in the fall.

22

BOCES

assisted in designing and printing materials and absentee ballots during school elections.