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Nassau BOCES administrative operations budget receives resounding vote of approval

54 out of 56 districts vote yes

Nassau BOCES’ 2020-21 Administrative Operations Budget once again received decisive support. Fifty-four of the 56 Nassau County boards of education approved the budget. One district did not vote and one district’s vote was disqualified. In addition, two incumbents were returned to the Nassau BOCES Board and a new board member was elected to fill the empty seat due to a retirement. 

“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.

“During these extraordinary times, 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 proposed Administrative Operations Budget for 2020-21 totals $22,810,973. This is a 2.8 percent increase over 2019-20. The retiree health insurance portion of this budget increased $330, 822 from last year for a total of $10.7 million.

The Board Election

Two incumbent members of the Nassau BOCES Board were re-elected: Deborah Coates of East Meadow UFSD and Eric B. Schultz of Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD. Lawrence Greenstein of Port Washington UFSD was just elected to the Nassau BOCES Board. They will all serve three-years running through June 30, 2023.

A member of the Nassau BOCES Board since 2008, Ms. Coates was elected vice president in July 2019 and formerly was district clerk. A public education advocate, she served as President and Vice President of the East Meadow UFSD Board of Education. She was elected to the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association’s Executive Committee in June 2009 and is a member of its Legislative and Nominating Committees. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for R.E.F.I.T. (Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today) since 2003 and is a past president. She received the New York State School Boards Association’s 2016 Everett R.  Dyer Award. 

Mr. Schultz has been a member of the Nassau BOCES Board since 2001, serving as its president from 2014 until 2019 and formerly holding the positions of vice president and district clerk. He was a member of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education from July 1988 to June 2000, in which he held the positions of president and vice president. He is a past member and Chairperson of the New York State School Boards Association’s Resolutions Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association from 1995 to 2000. He received the Association’s Distinguished School Board Member award in 2000.

Lawrence Greenstein has been a member of the Port Washington Board of Education since 2005 and has served as President and Vice President as well as chaired many committees. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association and has been a member since 2011. He has co-presented workshops at the Statewide and Regional Conference of Self-Advocates of New York State (SANYS). Mr. Greenstein is a Certified Public Accountant with a degree from New York University.