The CABOCES partners with its 22 component school districts to meet the educational needs of all students ages birth to adult in the region. Located in Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie, and Wyoming counties in southwestern New York State, CABOCES encompasses 2,159 square miles. School districts vary in size from rural, single campus K-12 settings to small city school districts. In 2008, district K-12 enrollments ranged from 305 (Whitesville) to 2,606 (Pioneer). The combined public school enrollment in 2008 was approximately 20,000 students. BOCES exists to provide cost effective sharing of educational services among local school districts.
BOCES has no taxing authority. Component districts pay a proportional share of the administrative budget and subscribe to desired services via the payment of tuition or fees. Many BOCES programs are supported totally or in part by a variety of state and federal grants. Local districts receive a partial state aid reimbursement for expenditures made with the BOCES. This payment helps to defray the cost of shared services and facilitates participation.
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES is a school located in Olean, NY.