All BOCES instructional programs and offices are closed
Due to an order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, all K-12 schools will remain closed through the rest of the academic year. A decision regarding summer school is pending. Instruction will continue to be provided remotely. 
The closure order is part of a proactive effort to limit exposure to the Coronavirus. All BOCES offices will also remain closed. Updated information will be posted in this location as it becomes available. 
All schools are prepared to provide student meals (two per day per student) at designated pick-up locations throughout the county. You do not have to go to the pick-up site at your school; any site will serve you. To view a list of those locations, click here for Broome County schools,  click here for Tioga County schools.  
Latest updates: Governor says key data points are trending downward, but cautions reopening will be gradual to prevent infection rates from rising again. To read district superintendent's staff briefing, click here.

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Southwest Regional Partnership Center

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education (OSE) created a coordinated and cohesive network of support focused on enhancing services and supports for students with disabilities from early childhood and school-age education to engagement in post-school opportunities. The network is called the Regional Partnership Center (RPC) and its goal is to implement an intensive team approach to provide technical assistance and professional learning to school districts across New York State.

The Southwest Regional Partnership Center Team supports the school districts in Broome Tioga BOCES and Greater Southern Tier BOCES. The Southwest Regional Partnership Center is a cross-specialist team:

  • Stacy McCann Brazie, Transition Specialist
  • Val Cole, Specially Designed Instruction Specialist
  • Sara Fontana, Systems Change Facilitator
  • Corina Forsythe, Culturally Responsive Educator
  • Tuesday Mishook, Special Education Specialist
  • Julie Powell, Behavior Specialist
  • Cathleen Stewart, Reading Specialist 
The professional learning provided by the team will focus on systems change to support implementing the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support schools in improving equity, access and opportunities for all students. 
View the Southwest Regional Partnership's current PL schedule HERE, or for more information on how the RPC can support your school, contact Sara Fontana at [email protected].   
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Contact Information
For more information about the Regional Partnership Center for Special Education, please contact:
Sara Fontana
Systems Change Facilitator
Phone: (607) 766-8506
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