Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Board of Cooperative Educational Services
First Supervisory District of Suffolk County
James Hines Administration Center
201 Sunrise Highway
Patchogue, NY 11772-1868
Phone: (631) 289-2200
Fax: (631) 289-2381
General Questions, Comments, or Concerns? E-mail
In 1948, a New York State law called the Intermediate School District Act gave the
go-ahead for certain small school districts to combine their purchasing power, thus
forming the first BOCES. By sharing the costs of services and programs through the
BOCES, the districts could now assure high quality programs for students while saving
their taxpayers money.
School districts are not required to use any BOCES programs or services. They choose
to purchase a BOCES service rather than providing it on their own when they believe
that the cost and quality warrant it. (In this sense, a BOCES resembles a business
more than a public school district, though the BOCES are not organized for profit.)
If a member district determines that it can provide the service better and/or for
less money on its own, the district is free to do so.
When two or more districts within a BOCES identify a need (for example, special
educational classes) it is the responsibility of their BOCES to help them fill the
need. In this way, new BOCES programs and services are created at the request of
Member districts share the cost of the services in which they participate. Each
district pays a percentage of the total cost, based on how much service it purchases.
The more school districts that participate, the lower the cost for everyone.
There are 37 BOCES in New York State, to view the statewide web site
please click here.