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Nassau BOCES budget receives resounding vote of approval

53 out of 56 districts vote yes

Nassau BOCES’ 2021-22 Administrative Operations Budget once again received decisive support. Fifty-three of the 56 Nassau County boards of education approved the budget. One district did not vote, and two districts’ results were received after the deadline. In addition, the three incumbents were returned to the Nassau BOCES Board.

“The support of our component school districts is especially important in these difficult and stressful times,” said Dr. Robert R. Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent. “We are careful to weigh each expenditure in an effort to keep costs as low as possible while maintaining the integrity of our programs.”

The Nassau BOCES Administrative Operations Budget covers the central management costs for the agency, including such expenses as the Office of the District Superintendent, Human Resources and Business Services. In addition, by law, health insurance costs of Nassau BOCES retirees are included.

“We appreciate our component districts overwhelming show of support for our efforts and thank them for approving our budget,” said Nassau BOCES President Susan Bergtraum.

The Administrative Operations Budget for 2021-22 totals $23,234,809. This is a 1.9 percent increase over the prior year. The retiree health insurance portion of this budget increased $314,402 from the prior year for a total of $11 million.

The Board Election

The three incumbent members of the Nassau BOCES Board were unopposed and re-elected. Susan Bergtraum of the East Williston UFSD, Martin R. Kaye of the Valley Stream 13 UFSD and Michael Weinick of the Merrick UFSD will serve three-years running through June 30, 2024.

Susan Bergtraum has been a Nassau BOCES Board member since 2006. She was elected president in July 2019 after holding the positions of vice president and district clerk. Bergtraum served as president, vice president and Area 11 Director (for Nassau County) of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). She has chaired NYSSBA’s Policy and Bylaws Committee, the Operations Committee, the Awards Committee and Task Force on Student Health and Safety. Ms. Bergtraum is a past president and vice president of the East Williston Board of Education and of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (N-SSBA). She currently sits on N-SSBA's executive, legislation and finance committees.

Martin R. Kaye was elected to the Nassau BOCES Board in July 2009. Mr. Kaye served on the West Hempstead Board of Education from 1991 until 2010, serving as both president and vice president. He made a mark at the state level, participating as an active member of NYSSBA in a variety of ways. He has been a legislative liaison for the State Legislative Network and a voting delegate at NYSSBA's annual convention. For his efforts with the association, Mr. Kaye received numerous awards, including certificates of Achievement and Merit, an Award of Distinction, the Developmental Achievement Citation and the Master of Boardsmanship Award.

Michael Weinick was elected to the Nassau BOCES Board in 2003. He served on the Merrick UFSD Board of Education from September 1986 through June 2002, and he was a member of the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD Board from July 2000 to June 2002. He was an active member of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, having served on the executive committee, finance committee, and distinguished service award committee. He was a longtime volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

About Nassau BOCES

A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, career and technical, and virtual educational environments. We offer adult education programs and a variety of programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. Our professional development advances teaching and learning on Long Island. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructure. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit www.nassauboces.org and like us at www.facebook.com/nassauboces.