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Orange-Ulster BOCES Cooperative Board

Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are created and established by the Commissioner of Education at the request of component school boards and are governed by a board of 5 to 15 members, elected for three-year terms by those school boards. 

The Orange-Ulster BOCES Cooperative Board is made up of seven members who have served or are serving on local boards of education. The Cooperative Board appoints the district superintendent, subject to the NYS Education Commissioner's approval, to serve as its chief executive officer. Funding for BOCES primarily comes from contracts with component districts for specific services, or through the state or federal government or other specified agencies. 

Since the mid-1900s, BOCES have played an important role in the development and consolidation of a comprehensive, statewide system of education, providing needed services to students in rural areas. BOCES became the vehicle for providing an increasing number of specialized services, particularly career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as services to pupils with disabilities mandated under federal and state legislation during the 1960s and 1970s. 

During that time, BOCES also began to offer administrative services, professional development for teachers, administrators, and school boards, adult education and extracurricular and enrichment programs for students in component school districts. Today, BOCES play an integral role in the education of thousands of students of all ages in New York State.

Jean Pavek

Eugenia S. Pavek,

William Boss portrait

William M. Boss,
Vice President

Michael Bello

Michael Bello

Larry Berger portrait

Lawrence E. Berger

Martha Bogart portrait

Martha Bogart

David Eaton portrait

David Eaton

Edwin Estrada

Edwin A. Estrada


Please take notice that the Annual Meeting followed by the Regular Business Meeting of the Orange-Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Orange-Ulster BOCES Onken Conference Center, 53 Gibson Road, Goshen, New York, and beginning at 5:00p.m., at that time, it is anticipated that the Board will make a motion for the purpose of adjourning into executive session. 

Public session will resume at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Sharleen Depew
Clerk of the Board

Posted 03/28/24

Cooperative Board Resources

BoardDocs - Public Site
BoardDocs - Board Member Login

2023-2024 Cooperative Board Schedule of Meetings

Thursday, July 13, 2023
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Thursday, October 12, 2023
*Thursday, November 2, 2023
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Thursday, January 11, 2024 
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024
*Thursday, April 4, 2024 Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2024 BOCES Budget Vote Date
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Thursday, June 13, 2024

*First Thursday of the Month – All others the 2nd Thursday

The Cooperative Board holds regular meetings once a month on a Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Onken Conference Center at 53 Gibson Road, Goshen, New York 10924.

NYSSBA Annual Convention & Pre-Convention School Law Seminar Buffalo, NY
Thursday, October 26 – Saturday, October 28, 2023

 Approved by the Board – February 9, 2023

Video Coverage of Board Meetings

Upcoming Conferences/Workshops

MHSSC (Mid-Hudson School Study Council)
OCSBA (Orange County School Boards Association)
NYSSBA (New York State School Boards Association)
NSBA (National School Boards Association)