O/N BOCES At A Glimpse

  • ORLEANS / NIAGARA BOCES Facts and Figures

    Snapshot of BOCES for the 2015-2016 School Year

    District Superintendent: Dr. Clark Godshall
    Phone: 716-731-6800, extension: 2201

    Director of Career and Technical Education: Dr. Michael Weyrauch
    Phone: 716-731-6800, extension: 4447

    Director of Special Programs: Dr. Ronald Barstys
    Phone: 716-731-6800, extension: 3715

    Superintendent of Building and Grounds: Mr. Daniel Connolly
    Phone: 716-731-6800, extension: 2221

    Public Relations Director: Mrs.Lisa Bielmeier
    Phone: 716-731-6800, ext: 3729 (M,W,F) and ext: 2287 (T,Th)

    ANNUAL INITIAL BUDGET (2016-2017):  $56,275,000

    BOCES AID TO COMPONENT DISTRICTS (2015-2016): $22,545,777


    Full Time: 610


    Career and Technical Education (CTE): 1,750 students

    Graduation Rate: 98%

    College Bound CTE Graduates: 60%

    Military Bound Graduates: 5%

    Employment Bound Graduates: 15%

    Career and Technical Education Endorsements: 240

    Special Education: 356 students

    Niagara Academy:174 students

    Extended School Year (Special Ed): 308 students

    Extended School Year (Academic): 2,734 students and 877 Walk-In Regent Exam Takers

    Life Skills Graduates: 9 Graduates

    Continuing Education: 4,000 students served

    Literacy Zone:

    Highest rated program in New York State with more than 200 students

    Programs in Niagara and Albion Correctional Facilities

    Adult TASC Diplomas: 130

    15 ESOL (English As A Second Language) Sites

    14 Adult Basic Education and TASC Sites

    Night School:135 participants in 12 programs

    Health Science Programs:

    Licensed Practical Nursing Program (LPN): 3rd highest rated of 77 programs in NYS (including colleges and universities)

    LPN has 100% passing rate on NCLEX licensing exam in 5 of past 6 programs (NYS average is 71%)

    Graduates: 141 in the last five years

    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): 86% pass rate; approximately 60 graduates per year

    Home Health Aide Program: Only NYSED certified program in Niagara County (2015): 22 graduates




    Center for School Improvement: 2200 Educators served / 13 component districts

    101 workshops offered

    Teacher Center: Serves 12 public and 11 non-public districts and Orleans/Niagara BOCES

    Driver's Education: 197 Graduates

    Home and Hospital Tutoring: 768 Students

    Coaching Service: 202 participants



    Orleans/Niagara BOCES was created on January 23, 1956 by five school districts:  Albion, Holley, Kendall,  Lyndonville and Medina requested that the Commissioner of Education establish a BOCES in Orleans County.

    The first District Superintendent was Harold Osborne.

    There are 37 BOCES organizations in New York State.

    BOCES stands for Board of Cooperative Educational Services.  It was started in 1948 by the State Legislature to enable smaller school districts to offer more breadth in their educational programs by sharing teachers.

    BOCES started offering vocational and special education programs in 1955.

    All but four of the 703 operating districts in New York are members of BOCES. 

    Orleans/Niagara BOCES is the 15th largest BOCES by student count, but ranks third for the largest vocational enrollment.  Suffolk is first and Erie 1 is second. 


    NY State BOCES Web Site: http://eboces.wnyric.org/wps/portal/BOCESofNYS

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