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Educational support services are designed to complement and enhance diverse and specialized programsprovided to component school districts and the BOCES, including;
 
Central School Food Management
A centralized school food management operation on a shared service basis. Operation includes managing the food service program through hiring, training, supervision, menu planning, meeting dietary requirements, cooperative purchasing, reporting and meeting with district officials. 
 
Certification
BOCES provides a shared service on issues related to teacher certification. Review and analysis of academic credentials, evaluation of eligibility for teaching certification, maintenance of certification data on local staff and response to related inquiries are all performed by this office. Available through Cross Contract with Jeff-Lewis BOCES. BOCES Aidable.
 
General certification information can be viewed at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certprocess.html
 
This service will provide assistance with and evaluation of online application of candidates for NYS Certification in the areas of teaching and pupil personnel services. District staff will receive processing of applications, interpretation of data from TEACH, liaison to NYSED and workshops.
 
This service will also provide for the inspection and analysis of other claims for credit, determination of eligibility for issuance of teaching certificates, and the maintenance of a close communication between the Division of Teacher Education and Certification and the filed, to insure prompt responses with regard to certification concerns. Assistance is provided to component and neighboring districts and certificated staff in those districts in the area of Temporary Coaching licenses as well.
 
Comprehensive Public School Safety
A code enforcement person to perform the visual structural inspection(s) and assist in the generation of five year reports, school report card, and other items required under Section 155 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Cross Contract with Jeff-Lewis BOCES. 
 
Cooperative Business Office
A shared service which provides participating component school districts with a centralized business office operation, including the services of a professional business manager and support personnel for the functions of accounting, accounts payable, claims auditing and payroll. 
 
Districts 
  • Brasher Falls Central School
  • Clifton-Fine Central School
  • Edwards-Knox Central School
  • Harrisville Central School 
  • Heuvelton Central School
  • Morristown Central School
  • Massena Central School
  • Ogdensburg City School
  • Parishville-Hopkinton Central School
  • Potsdam Central School
Cooperative Purchasing
This service offers individual districts large-volume purchasing power by combining the bids of several districts throughout the St. Lawrence-Lewis, Jefferson-Lewis, Franklin, and Clinton-Essex BOCES. Items are bid in a variety of categories including: cafeteria foods, school supplies, custodial supplies, transportation supplies, fuels and utilities. 

Drug & Alcohol Testing and Coordination
This service was developed to assist schools in complying with the Federal mandate regarding drug and alcohol testing of bus drivers and others holding a commercial driver’s license. BOCES will coordinate the services of a contractor who will perform on-site collection, provide laboratory analysis and medical review officer services, and will also provide record keeping and training services. Cross contract with Jeff-Lewis BOCES. 

Emergency Communication System (Bus Repeater)
This service provides communication between buses, school districts, and emergency services. Technical assistance and radio evaluation is available.

Grant Writer/Program Planning and Development
Services include grant writing, grant implementation, creating and building partnerships with school districts, community organizations and higher education and helping districts develop programs and share resources. 

COSER 665.490 

 

This COSER provides participating districts the opportunity to participate in grant programs through federal, state, local, and private sources, offering assistance in grant writing and grant implementation. Available through Cross Contract with Jeff- Lewis BOCES. BOCES Aidable
 
Health and Safety Programs
This service assists local school districts in coordinating and implementing a Health-Risk Management program to comply with state and federal regulations.  Examples of compliance issues include: asbestos, radon, lead, OSHA, hazardous waste disposal, indoor air quality and a safe school environment for students and staff members.  Assistance is also available with emergency plans, safety plans, training and fingerprinting.
 
Through our cross contract, the Jefferson Lewis BOCES Safety Department provides environmental and occupational safety guidance to school districts. We offer a comprehensive safety program dedicated to minimize hazards and unsafe practices. We assist districts in understanding , interpreting and complying with state and federal laws that pertain to schools. We are committed to providing the highest level of compliance and training. Listed are some of the areas that we assist districts with.
  • Fire and Building Inspections
  • Asbestos Inspections and LEA Training
  • OSHA and PESH regulations concerning Worker Safety
  • EPA and DEC regulations concerning Environmental Safety
  • Chemical Hygiene Training
  • Required Chemical and Blood Borne Pathogen Training
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Respirator Protection Planning
  • Written Safety Plans
  • Job Hazard Assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment Training
  • Fire Safety Training
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Petroleum Storage Tank Assistance
  • Automatic External Defibrillator Compliance
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Workshops
  • Fingerprinting service
  • Regulatory updates
 
Additional Services Available
  • Indoor Mold Testing
  • Radon Testing
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Electronics and Bulb Disposal
 
Healthcare Administration
This COSER administers benefits and processes the health care claims of participating districts.  Service is charged by the level of health care enrollees. Health Care Administration also administers the Flexible Spending Plan, which processes the eligible medical, dental, adoption, premium expense reimbursement plan as well as the dependent child care claims for participating districts.  The service is charged by the number of enrollees participating in the Flexible Spending Plan. The Health Care Administration also administers the GASB 45/Post Employment Benefit Actuarial Valuation by participating district.
 
Home/Hospital Instruction
This service is provided as needed to students who are hospitalized or confined to the home due to illness, surgery, etc. Cross-contracts can be requested for hospitals outside this area.
 
Labor Relations
Previously the Employer/Employee Relations Service, this service includes the following: 
  • Negotiation, interpretation, and management of collective bargaining agreements
  • Representation in disciplinary matters
  • Representation at improper practice hearings, unit clarification matters, and at labor related mediation, arbitration and fact finding
  • Assistance with questions of tenure, seniority, staff reduction and recall, discipline, dismissal and related matter
  • Electronic training for staff in areas of health, safety, and organizational culture
  • Labor posters for all federal and state mandated employee notifications
  • Unemployment insurance cost control through National Employers Council
Personnel Recruitment
This service assists local districts in the recruiting process with the purpose of locating educators to work in North Country school systems. This service includes newspaper block ads, advertising through job networks and colleges, data base of available candidates, inclusion in a regional brochure and audio/visual presentation, and possible recruitment fairs. Cross-contract with Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES.
 
Policy Services
This service provides three levels of school district policy assistance:
  1. The development of a policy manual;
  2. The development of an administrative manual; and
  3.  A policy update.
Cross contract with the ERIE I BOCES. 

Print Shop/Newsletter Service
The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES offers complete printing services to the component school districts. The staff includes seven full-time employees to handle printing needs. The Print Shop can save districts time and money utilizing word processing files. The shop is presently printing school district newsletters, student handbooks, report cards, purchase orders, padded forms, school calendars, contracts, stationery and envelopes, program announcements, flyers, graduation programs, posters, etc. The Print Shop is also capable of meeting districts' copying needs using high speed duplicating equipment as well as a networked color copying system.
 
Teacher Certification
BOCES provides a shared service on issues related to teacher certification. Review and analysis of academic credentials, evaluation of eligibility for teaching certification, maintenance of certification data on local staff and response to related inquiries are all performed by this office. Available through cross contract with Jefferson-Lewis BOCES.
 
General certification information can be viewed at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certprocess.html
 
This service will provide assistance with and evaluation of online application of candidates for NYS Certification in the areas of teaching and pupil personnel services. District staff will receive processing of applications, interpretation of data from TEACH, liaison to NYSED and workshops.
 
This service will also provide for the inspection and analysis of other claims for credit, determination of eligibility for issuance of teaching certificates, and the maintenance of a close communication between the Division of Teacher Education and Certification and the filed, to insure prompt responses with regard to certification concerns. Assistance is provided to component and neighboring districts and certificated staff in those districts in the area of Temporary Coaching licenses as well.

Section X Athletics
This Interscholastic Athletics Service (Section X) coordinates all of the public junior/ senior high school athletic contests for (18) St. Lawrence/Lewis and (6) Franklin County school districts. Responsibilities include but are not limited to - mentoring/assisting component districts administrators on the rules and regulations of the New York State Education Department and the New York State High School Athletic Association. We also recruit and assist in the training of sport officials for the 19 different sport officiating associations.  
 
Shared Facilities Management
This service provides for a shared facilities director to oversee the efficient and economical operation, maintenance, repair, and construction of the physical plant and property of the school district. Functions include the supervision of operations and maintenance staff, long-range facilities planning, development and maintenance of facilities budgets and acting as liaison to SED on facilities needs. 
 
Shared Transportation Director
This service provides a shared transportation director of two or more school districts. Operation includes supervising transportation staff, overseeing the maintenance and repair of all school district vehicles, establishing bus routes, maintaining records for article 19A requirements, assisting in reporting for state aid purposes and developing and managing transportation budgets. 

Solid Waste Disposal
A comprehensive waste disposal service including the proper disposal of solid waste, recyclables, scrap metal, etc. A comprehensive Elevator Preventative Maintenance Service is also available for the regular inspection, repair and preventative maintenance of elevators. 
 
State Aid Planning
COSER 612 assists districts in determining accurate State aid forecasting as well as providing workshops for various topics related to state aid. Cross Contract with Questar III BOCES.  

Workers Compensation
This COSER administers benefits and processes the workers compensation claims of participating districts. The service is charged by the level of total payroll of participating districts.