2017 - 2018 OCM BOCES Budget Calendar
||2017-2018 Services available online for School Superintendents, School Business Officials and other Component School District Administrators.
||BOCES administration meets with component school districts at regional meetings to review service guide/initial request process
||Initial requests from districts for preparation of the Initial Budget
||Tentative BOCES Administrative, Capital and Rental budgets presented to School Superintendents
||Tentative BOCES Administrative, Capital and Rental budgets presented to Business Officials
||Review of Initial Budgets at Superintendents' meeting and distribution of Initial Budget
||Review of Initial Budgets at Business Officials' meeting and distribution of Initial Budget & Final Request for Services procedures
||School Districts should have initiated technology planning with the RIC for 2016-2017 technology projects generating 2017-2018 state aid
||Initial Budget distributed to school districts for BOCES Annual Meeting
||Nominations from component school boards by resolution for BOCES Board membership due to the BOCES clerk
||BOCES Clerk mails BOCES board ballots to component school districts
||Annual Meeting - OCM BOCES, McEvoy Campus, Cortland, NY
||2016-2017 Technology Projects must have proposal signed by district staff and returned to the RIC in order to claim state aid for 2017-2018
||Final Request and Contracts for Services due at BOCES (Component school districts must notify of intent to participate in specific services)
||Annual election and statutory budget vote on 2017-2018 Administrative budget
||Component school districts must transmit Board resolution approving/disapproving the tentative BOCES administrative budget and election of Board members
||Final 2017-2018 Budgets available to districts in WinCap
BOCES Service Requirements
BOCES services are regulated by the NY State Education Department. Requirements include the following criteria:
1) All services and programs must be submitted and approved by the State Education Department regardles of funding and availability. The process of submitting services for approval is conducted annually. Services are approved for one year only by the State Education Department. Services are not typically approved when that service can be effectively provided by individual school districts.
2) In order to qualify for state aid, a BOCES service must be shared between two or more school districts or one district and the BOCES. BOCES may provide unshared/unaided services to school districts only with prior approval from the State Education Department.
3) In the development and justification of new BOCES services, new services should ensure:
- school district commitment and need for the services
- increased program effectiveness/cost-efficiency
- avoidance of duplication
4) All BOCES teachers and professional staff meet the same certification requirements as school district staff.
5) Itinerant staff positions must be shared with another school district or BOCES. When an itinerant position is shared between two districts and another district requires the same itinerant service but no share can be found, a "hanger" occurs. One "hanger" per CoSer (Cooperative Service Agreement) is permitted for state aid purposes as long as the .6 FTE is not exceeded. Districts receiving the services of a "hanger" are prohibited from hiring the same employee on their own for additional time.
BOCES Fiscal Requirements
1) BOCES contracts annually to provide educational services to local school districts. Lacking the legal authority to levy taxes or issue bonds for capital improvements, BOCES generates its revenue from charges to component and non-component school districts, federal grants, state grants and individual tuition fees for special programs and training.
2) BOCES is required to submit budget estimates for the State Education Department for annual approval. All expenditures resulting from delivering the services must be paid by the school districts participating in that services. Since school district needs continually change, service budgets are revised throughout the year to reflect changes in levels of service.
3). Each BOCES service budget is independent. No funds may be transferred between service budgets. At the close of each fiscal year, any surplus funds are distributed to the schools participating in that service. Conversely, any shortfall of revenue in a particular service budget is charged back to school districts in order to balance each budget.
BOCES Costs to School Districts
The annual contract for services specifies administrative costs as either administrative or capital. Administrative costs normally include some administrative and clerical costs, a portion of the cists for operation and maintenance and board of education expenses. Aid on this portion of administrative expenses is payable in the year following the expenditure. Capital expenditures for debt service and rental costs are aidable during the year of expenditure (current year aid).
Each participating school district is charged a prorated share of the administrative and capital budgets based upon the district's resident weighted average daily attendance (RWADA). The actual RWADA figures are typically based on two-year old data.
Tentative unit costs for most services based upon the initial requests provided by school districts will be identified prior to the Final Request process. These costs are still projections and subject to change based upon school districts' changing needs, enrollment changes, etc.
Career and Technical Education and New Vision
The district is charged for next year's Career & Technical Education program charges based upon current year student enrollment. The student enrollment for each district is a weighted average of the September through October enrollments of the current year.
Equivalency of Attendance Programs (EOA)
Costs are based upon actual student contact hours. The program covers students, ages 16-20, who have dropped out of school without obtaining a high school diploma. Each school district wishing to participate in EOA must annually sign a participation agreement, delegate a school district contact person, and request a specific amount of dollars to be allocated to CoSer 463. It is difficult for districts to estimate costs since the program is offered year round and it is difficult to predict the number of students wishing to enter the program. The actual contract hours may vary widely by student since students are at various stages of program completion. Prior to a student entering the program, the school district contact must give permission to the BOCES to begin services. School districts are billed approximately four times annually for new student contact hours (usually September, November, February and May). BOCES aid is not generated for this CoSer. School districts need to claim total student contact hours on the appropriate state aid forms.
Special Education Charges
Special Education charges are based upon individual tuition costs on a current enrollment basis. The costs do not normally qualify for BOCES aid. State aid is generated through attendance, excess cost and high cost state aid depending upon the individual circumstances of each student. Tuition costs are typically billed in ten equal installments per the service contract. A school district is responsible for paying the tuition for each month a student attends, regardless of the number of days attended in a particular month. School districts should complete a drop form when a child exits a program. The effective date of the drop is the day the BOCES receives the drop form, regardless of the date listed on the form.
Alternative Education Costs
Charges for Alternative Education are based on the tuition multiplied by the number of seats reserved by each school district on its final request for services, plus any enrollment increases experienced during the next budget year that exceeded the final request for services. Costs for unused seats are generally not refunded to the requesting district.
Cross Contracts allow component school districts to acquire services available from other BOCES if those services are not available from Onondaga Cortland Madison (OCM) BOCES. The component school district must request the service from the OCM BOCES which then contracts with the BOCES that will provide the service. The requesting school district must complete a cross contract with OCM BOCES. Below is a list of some of the services from other BOCES that are available through a cross contract.
||Access to College Education
||State Aid Planning
The District Superintendent serves as the Commissioner's representative to the 23 school districts in the Onondaga Cortland Madison supervisory area. In addition to acting as CEO of the BOCES, he/she acts in an advisory capacity for all school districts in the BOCES, serving as a consultant and liaison between the New York State Education Department (SED), component district Boards of Education and district staff.
The District Superintendent serves as a consultant to school districts, following a formal request, to perform superintendent searches. There is no fee for this service. Costs are limited to printing, advertising and distribution of vacancy announcements.
The District Superintendent will also provide the following services:
1). Facilitate communications between SED and local districts
2). Interpret and clarify Commissioner's Regulations
3). Mediate and resolve boundary issues.
4). Faciliate discussion regarding district reorganization or merger
5). Serve as a facilitator for board goal settings and retreats
6). Serve as a consultant or mediator regarding: