The Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education met via videoconference Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The meeting was livestreamed and may be viewed, along with a transcript, at our Board Meetings page. Recordings and transcripts of prior meetings may be viewed at our past meetings page. For meeting agendas, visit our Board Docs site. These links may also be found at www.swboces.org under the Board of Education menu.
Southern Westchester BOCES
Where to find weather-related notices regarding SWBOCES programs
With the increasing chance of inclement winter weather, please note there are a number of media sources where announcements are made affecting our programs.
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All alerts that appear on our websites are pushed directly to the app so you don't need to check the website to receive updates, including weather-related announcements or changes to in-person or remote instruction schedules. Connect using code 9ZNOV7 to subscribe to instant alerts fromswboces.org. The codes to subscribe to all other SWBOCES websites can be found on their respective home pages. Any eChalk user can also log in to receive alerts from all classes and groups.
The SWBOCES Transportation Department consists of Automotive Service Excellence-certified mechanics providing all vehicle maintenance to meet district needs. Services include preventative maintenance, necessary repairs and inspection services. The New York State Department of Transportation inspects each vehicle twice a year, and the passing rate for our vehicles is exemplary, with all earning scores of 95 to 100 percent. In addition, the Transportation Department provides private bus company consortium management for participating districts and mandated professional development and training for drivers and monitors of district based operations.
Consortium Transportation Management
SWBOCES manages contract transportation consortium programs for participating local school districts from a satellite transportation office. The consortium program currently includes the BEPT Consortium for students in the Bronxville, Eastchester, Pelham, Tuckahoe and New Rochelle school districts and the MVP Consortium for students in the Mount Pleasant, Valhalla and Pleasantville school districts. Since the inception of consortium management, SWBOCES has reduced transportation costs for districts by sharing busing among districts while maintaining safe, efficient and reliable service by private bus companies. The consortium office relies on routing software to guide operations and provide up-to-date reports to schools, parents and bus companies. Years of experience with Westchester County schools and ongoing professional development enable efficient and effective performance from the consortium transportation office.
Cooperative Vehicle Maintenance Services
Cooperative school bus and vehicle maintenance services are available to any district requiring assistance with fleet maintenance (bus or any other vehicles). Fleet maintenance and inspection services are provided by an experienced team of qualified, efficient technicians at the SWBOCES garage at the Rye Lake Campus in North White Plains. BOCES’s DOT inspection rates for other districts’ fleets range between 95 and 100 percent. SWBOCES mechanics have been commended frequently by NYS DOT and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation for conducting one of the top school bus maintenance programs in the state. Loaner vans are available for school districts to cover a temporary shortage of vehicles.