Frequently Asked Questions
What is BOCES?
BOCES is the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, a regional education agency that was established in 1948 by the state legislature. Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, one of 37 in New York State, acts as a regional center to support local school districts, offering quality, cost-effective programs and services.
Who does BOCES serve?
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES serves approximately 60,000 preschoolers through 12th graders, plus thousands of adults in 18 school districts: Bedford, Brewster, Briarcliff, Carmel, Chappaqua, Croton-Harmon, Garrison, Haldane, Hendrick Hudson, Katonah-Lewisboro, Lakeland, Mahopac, North Salem, Ossining, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, Somers and Yorktown. We also serve school districts and municipalities in Rockland, Southern Westchester and Dutchess counties.
Where is Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES located?
The main campus is on BOCES Drive in Yorktown Heights, with ancillary campuses on Fox Meadow Road in Yorktown, at the Madden Outdoor Education Center on Miller Hill Road in Kent, and at 12 local school buildings in 10 school districts.
How is BOCES funded?
BOCES has no direct taxing powers. It is supported by payments from local school districts for requested services and through state and federal funding formulas. Local districts receive state aid for BOCES services they use.
Who is responsible for running a BOCES?
The seven-member BOCES board is elected to three-year terms by members of local school boards. The District Superintendent serves as the chief executive officer of BOCES and as a liaison between the New York State Commissioner of Education and the component districts served by BOCES.
What programs and services does BOCES offer?
BOCES offers a variety of programs and services in the following programs: Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instructional Services, Guidance and Child Study, Special Education, and Management Services.
What is the Freedom of Information Law and how do I request information under it?
New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law §87 et. seq. ) allows members of the public to access records of governmental agencies. FOIL provides a process for the review and copying of an agency’s records. Freedom of Information Law requests for State Education Department records can be obtained by clicking here.
PNW BOCES charges the statutorily permitted fee of $.25 per page for duplication of records requested under FOIL (Public Officers Law §87[b][iii]). There is no provision in law or regulation for waiver of this fee. Payment must be made to PNW BOCES by check or money order. Payment should not be submitted until you are notified that your request is granted and informed of the charge for your request.
PNW BOCES records are available for inspection at no cost to the public. Copies are available at the statutorily permitted duplication fee of $.25 per page by check or money order made payable to PNW BOCES. Requests for inspection must be in writing and addressed to the Records Access Officer via regular or electronic mail or facsimile. The Records Access Officer will acknowledge receipt and provide the requestor with the PNW BOCES staff person's name, title, and phone number to schedule an appointment at a mutually convenient date and time for inspection. Records or portions thereof which are prohibited from disclosure pursuant to FOIL will be redacted or omitted; the requestor will be notified of the reason(s) for the redaction(s) and of the procedures to appeal to the District Superintendent. Inspection of records are by appointment between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.