Nassau BOCES will be moving out of the building in West Hempstead at end of the 2012-2013 school year, officials with the West Hempstead school district announced earlier this week.
BOCES, short for Board Of Cooperative Educational Services, of Nassau County has been leasing the building from the district since 1991. It currently serves as a middle school for students, ages 10 to 14, who have learning, behavioural, emotional and developmental disabilities.
The decision not to renew the lease beyond 2012-2013 was motivated by declining enrollment, according to West Hempstead Deputy Superintendent Richard Cunningham. (A spokeswoman for Nassau BOCES declined to comment on the matter.) He projects the district will lose $500,000 as a result of BOCES moving out of the building.
Looking on the bright side though, he said, "It's good to know now [that this is happening] because we have 18 months to plan. That’s a long time."
Still, he admitted, "it will be a big bump in the negative direction" for the district's revenue.
To learn more about the fiscal challenges facing the West Hempstead school district this year, check Patch tomorrow for coverage of the 2012-2013 budget workshop held this week.