Rockland BOCES received a $2,378,000 payment from the East Ramapo School District Friday morning. According to BOCES Director of Communications Stephanie Gouss, the payment covers BOCES services and training provided to the school district from July October and includes capital and administrative costs. It represents a partial payment of the overdue $5 million East Ramapo owed BOCES.
“We’re obviously delighted to have received this check,” said Gouss, adding it is a great first step.
Gouss said BOCES is waiting for the state education commissioner’s response to the letter sent by East Ramapo School Superintendent Dr. Joel Klein on Dec. 16.
That letter proposed a payment plan schedule. The district still owes BOCES for November and December 2012 and will owe for contracted services through the end of the school year.
“That payment plan was a payment plan submitted to the commissioner’s office for review,” said Gouss. “The commissioner’s office is the final decider on this. We haven’t heard anything one way or another.”
The proposed schedule included monthly payments for services provided by BOCES three months prior. East Ramapo proposed making belated payments from January through September 2013 to cover BOCES services from October 2012 through June 2013.
East Ramapo sends 252 students to BOCES programs. 176 are enrolled in special education classes and 76 in career education.