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Nassau BOCES administrative operations budget receives resounding vote of approval

53 out of 56 districts vote yes

Nassau BOCES’ 2019-20 Administrative Operations Budget once again received decisive support. Fifty-three of the 56 Nassau County boards of education approved the budget. Two districts did not vote, and one district did not get their vote in on time. In addition, three incumbents were returned to the Nassau BOCES Board.

“We are careful to weigh each expenditure in an effort to keep costs as low as possible while maintaining the integrity of our programs,” said Dr. Robert R. Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent.

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 Eric B. Schultz.

The proposed Administrative Operations Budget for 2019-20 totals $22,190,616. This is a one percent increase over 2018-19. The retiree health insurance portion of this budget increased $308,851 from last year for a total of 10.4 million.

The Board Election

Three incumbent members of the Nassau BOCES Board were unopposed and re-elected. Ronald Ellerbe of Freeport UFSD, Fran N. Langsner of Levittown UFSD and Robert “B.A.” Schoen of Baldwin UFSD will serve three-years running through June 30, 2021.

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), in which he sits on the resolutions and state legislative network committees. Mr. Ellerbe is a Vice President of Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association's executive board and has served on several committees, including the legislative and finance committees. He currently chairs the nominating committee and serves as the association's representative to the Nassau BOCES Career and Technical Education committee. Additionally, Mr. Ellerbe is an executive committee member and past president of Reform Education Finance Inequities Today.

Fran N. Langsner has been a Nassau BOCES Board member since 2013. She served on the Great Neck UFSD Board of Education from 2000 to 2012, serving as vice president from 2007 to 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 to 2000.

Robert "B.A." Schoen of Baldwin 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 lobbies 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).