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BY the numbers: 950 students, 9 component districts, 28 Tech Ed Courses,  350 faculty and staff

What We Do

The Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (TST BOCES) enhances regional education by delivering high quality educational programs and services to local school districts. Serving nearly 900 students and hundreds of adults, TST BOCES employs over 300 staff. Our programs encompass Adult Education, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Education, TST P-TECH Academy, and the Regional Alternative School.

TST Services include School Improvement, Health and Safety Programs, Central Business Office, Special Education School Improvement Specialists, Data Analysis, Energy Management, and enriched summer and teacher in-service programs. We take pride in our graduates and dedicated staff, fostering enthusiastic partnerships with nine component schools.


Connecting Minds, Inspiring Growth!


We use shared professional and educational resources to create engaging programs, fostering a sense of worth and accomplishment in every individual.


We lead by providing human connections through model programs that respond to evolving needs and promote intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a desire to engage in challenging experiences.


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Our Component Districts



george junior republic





south seneca


History of TST

In the early 20th century, New York State had 12,000+ mostly rural school districts. The Commissioner of Education, Andrew S. Draper, persuaded NYS to create over 200 new positions, called District Superintendent of Schools. The District Superintendents were put in place in order to monitor and assist the school districts across the state. In 1948, the State created Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) which were assigned to the District Superintendents in order to consolidate and grow the amount of services offered in New York State Education.

BOCES began with shared services like driver's education, guidance, and special education. What started as a first budget of $100 for Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga (TST) BOCES in 1949, has now grown to over $40,000,000 annually! TST initially offered a dental hygienist and driver training course. Today, TST offers over 40 programs and an abundance of services to the region.

The earliest districts to join TST BOCES were Dryden, Groton, Trumansburg, and Newfield, followed by Interlaken and Ovid and Romulus. Ithaca, Candor, and Lansing joined by the 1970's. Today, TST supports nine component districts. TST remains a relatively small BOCES, while other BOCES have merged over the years.

In the late 1960's, TST purchased land from Cornell University for $3.5 Million Dollars and started constructing the TST campus that is still located today at 555 Warren Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. In September of 1970 TST opened its doors and welcomed students in to learn.

Board members Darwin Smith and Jeannette Powell have been honored for their early leadership along with District Superintendent Dr. Roy Dexheimer by having buildings dedicated in their names. District Superintendents over the years have included Craig Donnan, Irv Henry, Ed Witko, Dr. Roy Dexheimer, Dr. Tim O’Neill, Dr. Ellen O’Donnell, and Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson, since 2013.

After over 70+ years of BOCES leadership, TST serves nearly 900 students, hundreds of adult students and employs over 300 staff. We have grown TST Services to include School Improvement Services, Health and Safety Programs, the Central Business Office, Special Education School Improvement Specialists, Data Analysis, Energy Management Services, and have expanded summer programs and teacher in-service programs. We are proud of our graduates and our skilled and dedicated staff. We are enthusiastic about our partnerships with the component schools and their programs. We are motivated by a distinguished past, and excited about the future. That is what TST BOCES is all about.