By a vote of 2,184 to 223, Nassau County residents approved Nassau BOCES’ public vote to purchase the Carman Road School in Massapequa Park for $9 million. The results are unofficial until approved by the agency’s Board at its Thursday, February 16 meeting. Nassau BOCES has leased the school from the Massapequa Union Free School District since 1979, incurring an annual rental expense that was charged to all 56 component districts. Owning the building will eliminate that expense, nearly $900,000, in 2017-18 and in all subsequent years.  


“We would like to thank everyone who participated in this vote,” said Dr. Robert J. Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent. “Our purchase of the Carman Road School will provide long-term savings for our local school districts and a permanent home for a program that is critical to some of the most fragile students in Nassau County.”

The school serves medically fragile students who live with a range of disabilities. Many of the160 students began attending the school when they were just 3 years old and will stay in the program until they are 21.

The purchase will be made with funds in the Nassau BOCES Capital Fund that were set aside specifically for this purpose. No borrowing or debt service expense will be incurred so that the impact of the savings will be immediate.