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Nassau County Public Schools - Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES)

Nassau BOCES
71 Clinton Road
PO Box 9195,
Garden City, NY 11530-9195
(516) 396-2500

Established in 1967, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the more than 300 schools and 225,000 students in the 56 local school districts of Nassau County.
Nassau BOCES creates, develops and implements those programs and services that would otherwise be too costly for individual school districts. As a result, county residents enjoy all the benefits of locally controlled schools while reaping the financial savings of a large cooperative.
The agency offers more than 130 cost-effective, shared programs and services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education, and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more efficiently.

Board members

Nassau BOCES is governed by a board comprising nine members; each elected by the county's 56 local school district boards.

Stephen B. Witt, President (2011)
Eric B. Schultz, Vice President (2011)
Susan Bergtraum, District Clerk (2012)
Michael Weinick, Vice District Clerk (2012)
Deborah Coates (2011)
Ronald Ellerbe (2011)
Martin R. Haye (2012)
Gale Ross-Srulevich (2013)
Robert "B.A." Schoen (2013)

Nassau BOCES is led by the District Superintendent who, in addition to being the agency's chief executive, acts as both a liaison to and agent of the New York State Commissioner of Education.

Edward J. Zero, Interim District Superintendent
Dr. Robert J. Hanna, Deputy Superintendent
Lawrence R. McGoldrick, Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent
Joan Siegel, Associate Superintendent


Business Services
(516) 396-2210
This department manages all accounting, billing, budgeting, facilities, food services, printing, payroll and purchasing functions. It also provides several services to component school districts, including Graphic Arts and Printing, Cooperative Bidding, Transportation, School Business Affairs Institute and Nonpublic School Textbook Loan Program.

Career and Technical Education
(516) 396-2390
From teenagers earning certificates as computer network technicians to adults learning English, the Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives learners the skills needed for success. Its diverse offerings include a career education center for high school students, job training for adults and specialized services for those with disabilities.

Communications and Agency Planning
(516) 396-2208
Communication today is a complex and evolving mix of media and messages. In this challenging environment, the Department of Communications and Agency Planning (CAP) assists educators in planning and carrying out strategic activities that encourage community support for public schools. The Public Relations Service offers professional resources, expertise, and programs that help school districts communicate effectively with their audiences and build community support.

Curriculum, Instruction and Technology
(516) 396-2257
The Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology (CIT) offers school districts 77 services to augment and inspire educational activities - everything from state test preparation and scoring to technology training, data warehousing and assessments. Through CIT, schools have access to technical support, resources and the latest technologies for every aspect of the education process. The department provides more than 350 professional development programs and courses to more than 9,200 teachers annually. In addition, Nassau BOCES provides more than 600 videoconferences for more than 17,000 students annually. These videoconferences link students to museums, zoos, hospitals, theaters and researchers throughout the world.

(516) 396-2000
The Department of Facilities operates and manages the agency's 28 sites in 19 communities throughout Nassau County. The department also offers a range of central maintenance services to school districts, such as video surveillance system installation, which can be adapted to a school's existing network infrastructure - making the move to improved security more efficient and effective.

Financial and Information Systems
(516) 396-2474
The Department of Financial and Information Systems is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and implementation of the agency's financial systems. It handles business re-engineering of processes and procedures, databases, Web applications and reporting systems. In addition, the department supports the business office in the areas of report development; compliance reporting; and supporting financial applications.

Human Resources
(516) 396-2360
The Human Resources Department recruits and hires employees and provides services, such as benefits, retirement, contract administration, an employee assistance program, teacher mentoring and internal staff development. The department also operates the regional certification office, which assists districts with state certification of educators. Other services offered to school districts include fingerprinting, substitute management and online application systems, and interim replacement and diversity recruitment programs.

Instructional Programs and Alternative Schools
(516) 396-2262
The Department of Instructional Programs and Alternative Schools (IPAS) offers students a range of nontraditional high school programs appropriate to their individual needs. The agency's five alternative schools include the Program of Alternative Comprehensive Education, the Positive Alternative Twilight High School, the Teenage Parenting Program, the English Literacy Alternative Program, and the Long Island High School for the Arts. IPAS also offers enrichment programs and services in the areas of parent training and early childhood literacy, tutorials, foreign language, scientific exploration, Arts in Education, Outdoor and Environmental Education, and summer outdoor activities for students and teachers.

Preschool Programs and Special Projects
(516) 396-2381
A pioneer in providing the value of early intervention, Nassau's is the only BOCES program for preschoolers with disabilities in the Metro New York region. Since 1992, the Nassau BOCES Early Childhood Center program has successfully helped thousands of youngsters with speech, behavioral issues and autistic-like behaviors. It has a demonstrated record of success: 95 percent of the program's graduates return to their local school districts for regular kindergarten classes. To address the fact that preschool programs are funded differently than other school programs, Preschool Programs and Special Projects facilitates the flow of information between Nassau BOCES and the State Education Department.

Special Education
(516) 396-2288
The Department of Special Education offers a comprehensive array of special education programs for students ages 3 to 21 with moderate to severe disabilities. As the largest and most experienced provider of special education in the region, with programs in 19 sites, the agency offers students the greatest possible opportunities to reach their respective potentials. Program curricula are adapted to meet the New York State Learning Standards and provide individualized instruction. Students' education is enriched by a wide variety of interactive, community-based experiences. The department also offers extensive support services for districts, including itinerant services, consultation services and staff development.

Additional resources

Nassau BOCES

Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation

Nassau County Council of School Superintendents (NCCSS)

Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association

Nassau Region PTA

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