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Rockland BOCES Capital Project Referendum on March 6th

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WEST NYACK, NY – On March 6, 2024, voters in Rockland County will be asked to approve the construction of a new, 52,000 square foot, two-story building to support current and future growth of Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education and STEM programs in West Nyack. The new construction will also allow for additional classroom space in our renowned Jesse J. Kaplan School for students with exceptional needs.

On November 15, 2023, the Rockland BOCES Board of Education unanimously approved the proposal of a bond program for the March 6 ballot. The proposition will authorize capital work to construct additional space for student programs and operations, including:

The addition of four, large classrooms in the Jesse J. Kaplan School following relocation of the existing Culinary Arts facility
One commercial and one standard kitchen for the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) Culinary Arts program
Two specialized Culinary Arts classrooms
15 STEM classrooms (11,300 square feet) for continued growth of Hudson Valley P-TECH (Early College High School)
Cafeteria: approximately 5,000 square feet with storage area for tables and chairs
A regulation-size gymnasium/basketball court and fitness area

“Simply put, Rockland BOCES is running out of space,” said Rockland BOCES District Superintendent Christopher D’Ambrese. “Enrollment in our Special Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Early College High School (P-TECH) programs continues to soar. There are student waiting lists today and enrollment in our programs is expected to increase nearly 20% in the next decade. In order to meet the increasing needs of our local school districts, we must expand,” said D’Ambrese.

The $47.9 million project cost, which will be paid over a 25-year period, will be shared by the eight component districts that make up the Rockland BOCES Supervisory District. Each school district’s share of the cost is determined by the number of students that reside in that particular district compared to the other component school districts. This is referred to as Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance (RWADA). The average cost to a Rockland County residential property per month will be $2.36. (Average based on a property assessment of $500,000)

The construction will be financed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and will be offset by a portion of Rockland BOCES current capital budget. A significant portion of the project – between 50% and 70% – will qualify for State Aid at the local school district’s aid ratio.

Rockland BOCES currently spends more than $1.5 million annually on leases for rented classroom space in four locations: the former Tappan Zee Elementary School in Piermont, the former Gerald F. Neary Elementary School in Haverstraw and the former Hilltop School and the former Nyack High School in Nyack. Adding learning space to our West Nyack campus will eliminate leasing costs, help to consolidate programming and staff, reduce transportation costs and build equity and long-term wealth for the agency.

Work would start in Spring 2026 (pending NYSED approval) and would be completed in phases with an expected opening in the Fall of 2027. KSQ Design has been contracted by Rockland BOCES to oversee design and construction of the capital project.

Because the “Building For Excellence” project involves a new structure on the agency’s main campus in West Nyack, it is required that the community approve the project via a referendum.

Voters cast their ballot on March 6, 2024 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Rockland BOCES Jesse J. Kaplan School, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, New York 10994. Anyone 18 or older who is a United States citizen living in Rockland County for at least 30 days preceding the vote date is eligible to vote.

Voters who wish to vote by absentee ballot because of disability, illness or travel must first request a ballot application. To request an absentee ballot application, contact the Rockland BOCES District Clerk at (845) 627-4702 or via email at [email protected] by February 28, 2024. Once your application is received, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you. Completed absentee ballots must be returned to Rockland BOCES District Clerk by March 6 at 5 p.m.

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RCC Announces April Career & Resource Fair Free And Open To The Public

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Rockland Community College will host a Career & Resource Fair on Thursday, April 4th from 11:00 – 3:00pm in the Fieldhouse on RCC’s main campus, Suffern, NY. The event is open to the public, entry is free for job seekers, and registration is not required.

Employers can participate and advertise part-time, full-time, and professional positions. Registration is open and free for employers but is required by March 29th, 2024, at 8:00 am. 

Employers are invited to participate, seizing the opportunity to gather resumes from outstanding local talent and showcase their available positions. Registration for employers is open until March 29, 2024 at 8:00 am. Interested employers must sign up on RCC 12Twenty platform (click “Sign up for an account” on the homepage) to register for the Career & Resource Fair.

For more information, contact Jessica Gilot, Interim Senior Career Navigator at RCC:
[email protected] or 845-574-4327.

Please help spread the word to companies looking for help and job seekers. https://sunyrockland.edu/2024/02/23/career-and-resource-fair/

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India Cultural Society of Rockland Collects Dozens of Coats for Winter Drive

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – The India Cultural Society of Rockland winter coat drive collected dozens of jackets. All the donations were given to St. Paul’s church. The India Cultural Society of Rockland has been passionately keeping the torch of Indian culture alive in the Rockland County since 1972. ICSR is a non-profit organization representing over 500 families of Indian origin in the county of Rockland, Orange, and parts of New Jersey. ICSR is instrumental in promoting Indian culture, arts, music and heritage to local mainstream community through various events organized throughout the year. Every year ICSR holds a parade in New City. (Video below from 2023)

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