CO-SERs 101: An Introduction to BOCES Services. April 2009. What is a CO-SER?.
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A CO-SER is an approved cooperative agreement to establish a shared service for one year between a BOCES and two or more districts. Services are provided at the request of component districts to respond to an established need, and must be shared. Services should be cost-efficient and effective. Not all BOCES services generate aid; however, all General Fund services must have an approved CO-SER.
services other than
Note: With the implementation of the new State Aid Management System (SAMS) for BOCES in 2009, the means by which this information and data is submitted to SED will change.
Criteria-Guidelines represent the array of services BOCES are approved by the Commissioner to operate. BOCES Administrative Handbook 2 contains the criteria guidelines for each service. They provide information on how to operate a service including the kind of students served, the nature of the service, standards for approval (general and specific issues),
aid constraints, etc.
5230, advanced mathematics
101 - 199 occupational education
201 - 299 special education
301 - 399 itinerant
401 - 499 general education
501 - 599 instructional support
601 - 699 non-instructional support
(Program and data descriptions must be submitted to SED for these - Occ. Ed. and itinerants are exceptions)
Most CO-SERs have a Criteria- Guideline, which is the minimum standard. These Criteria-Guidelines are enumerated in Handbook 2, indexed according to:
001 Administrative budget
002 Capital expenses
701 Operation and maintenance
702-799 Internal transfers
801-999 Special aid projects
Only the following:
The answer is “No,” unless specifically authorized in law.
For example, BOCES may not serve
BOCES may serve:
To support district programs, BOCES may contract with:
All CO-SERs must be approved, but:
2006-2007 statewide expenses
As three-quarters of participating boards agree:
*PAD= preliminary approval document
NOTE: With the implementation of the new State Aid Management System (SAMS) for BOCES in 2009, there will be changes to this process (see later slides for more details)