Nassau BOCES Administrative Operations Budget receives resounding vote of approval
49 out of 56 districts vote yes
The Nassau BOCES 2022-2023 Administrative Operations Budget once again received decisive support. Forty-nine of the 56 component district Nassau County boards of education approved the budget. Two districts did not vote, and five districts’ ballots did not meet municipal law requirements. In addition, three incumbents were returned to the Nassau BOCES Board.
“We want to thank our component districts for their continued support,” 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 the overwhelming show of support for our efforts and thank our component districts for approving our budget,” said Nassau BOCES President Susan Bergtraum.
The Administrative Operations Budget for 2022-2023 totals $23,788,373, including $11.7 million of retiree health benefits. This is a 2.34% increase from 2021-2022. The operational portion of this budget decreased by nearly 1% year over year.
The Board Election
Three incumbent members of the Nassau BOCES Board were unopposed and re-elected. Ronald J. Ellerbe of Freeport Union Free School District (UFSD), Fran N. Langsner of Levittown UFSD and Robert “B.A.” Schoen of Baldwin UFSD will serve three years running through June 30, 2025.
Ronald J. Ellerbe was elected to the Nassau BOCES Board by local school districts in September 2007. Mr. Ellerbe has been a member of Freeport UFSD's Board since 1996. He is active in the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. Additionally, Mr. Ellerbe is an executive committee member and past president of Reform Education Finance Inequities Today (REFIT).
Fran N. Langsner has been a Nassau BOCES Board member since 2013. She served on the Great Neck UFSD Board of Education from 2000-2012, serving as vice president from 2007-2012. She continues to support Great Neck UFSD as a policy consultant. For more than two decades, Ms. Langsner supported the students in her community through leadership roles within the PTA, including serving as PTSA president at Great Neck High School from 1997-2000.
Robert "B.A." Schoen of Baldwin UFSD was first elected to the Nassau BOCES Board in August 2009. In January 2016, he was elected as the Area 11 Director for the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). Mr. Schoen began his service as a Trustee on the Board of the Baldwin UFSD in 1996. He advocates on behalf of public education in Albany and Washington, DC and represents Nassau BOCES at the Long Island Association as well as Reform Educational Finance Inequities Today (REFIT).