About Questar III BOCES

Questar III BOCES delivers more than 275 educational and administrative services to 23 school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties. Questar III also provides statewide services to more than 640 school districts in New York.

What is a BOCES?

There are 37 BOCES, or Board of Cooperative Educational Services, in New York State. The State Legislature created BOCES in 1948 to provide shared educational programs and services. Together they serve all but nine of the state's 721 school districts. Learn about BOCES statewide

Founded separately in the 1950s and 1960s, the BOCES merged to become Rensselaer-Columbia-Greene BOCES in 1977. It later adopted the name Questar III in 1994, emphasizing its cooperative leadership in excellence and innovation.

How does it work?

BOCES services are created when 2 or more school districts have similar needs that can be met by sharing staff members, classroom/office space, equipment, time or expertise.

Like public school systems, BOCES are governed by a policy-making board of education. The 11 members of the Questar III board serve 3-year terms and are elected by component boards from Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties through a special vote held each April. Learn more about the board

What services do you provide?

Questar III provides hands-on learning from pre-kindergarten to adult learning. It also provides affordable management and administrative services ranging from grant writing to financial planning.


By the numbers

Component school districts  22
Public school students 31,562
Sq. miles of BOCES region 1,592
Districts served across NYS 650
# of programs and services 275
Questar III schools 7
CTE students 700
Special education students 300
Adult education students 500
Employees 450
2015-16 Admin. budget $5,783,863
2015-16 Total budget

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