Management and Administration
Ulster BOCES currently shares the management of its School Lunch Program with a component district, which has led to a more efficient oversight of activity and has reduced operating costs significantly.
Ulster BOCES provides direct, on-site services to districts. Community Relations programs provide vital support to districts as they gather and develop information to be shared with their communities. Risk Management services implement a number of highly technical and specialized activities, including compliance with environmental health codes and safety regulations. The Cooperative Recruitment of administrators, teachers, and support staff for vacant positions is also supported. Substitute Teacher Calling provides day-to-day support to districts’ educational programs by scheduling substitute teachers to provide instruction when teachers are absent. Records Management provides technical reviews and on-site solutions for record storage issues.
Ulster County districts collectively bargain and negotiate with their respective labor organizations under the terms of New York’s Taylor Law. Some have as many as six bargaining units, each with their own contract. In order to negotiate fairly and successfully, the availability of regional comprehensive information and comparative data is critical. The Contract and Personnel Data Analysis service continuously prepares and updates an analysis of area contracts to assist local districts as they prepare for negotiations.
Ulster BOCES coordinates Cooperative Purchasing for many items, including paper, food, equipment, and contract services, passing on a huge cost savings to participants. The coordination of Federal and State Grant Writing is also available.
Staff Development and Training
Ulster BOCES conducts State-mandated School Bus Driver Training courses. A contract with Kingston WoRx provides a comprehensive array of services and training programs for employees that include Employee Assistance and large group activities.