Garden City, N.Y., November 13, 2006: In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Nassau BOCES announces its inaugural “Education Partner” awards program to honor the Most Influential People for Public Education.

Education’s answer to the “Oscars,” the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” awards program will recognize those whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in a very tangible way.

The “Education Partner” awards program offers everyone who has ever been influenced by public education an opportunity to show appreciation by nominating outstanding candidates for the award.

“We’re delighted to kick-off our 40th year by honoring people from all walks of life who have had a positive influence on education in Nassau County,” says Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. James D. Mapes.

A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES chose this innovative program to mark its 40th Anniversary and to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to providing the best possible education to learners of all ages and abilities.

Nominees can range from educators, students and parents to community leaders, legislators, members of the press and more. They can be locally, regionally or nationally recognized for their work and can come from inside or outside of classrooms, laboratories, offices and playgrounds. Their work can be with students in pre-school to 12th grade or in adult education.

Nomination forms are available online at the Nassau BOCES Web site at www.nassauboces.org/40th.

Those chosen for the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” award will best personify the spirit of educational partnership, and/or have demonstrated significant, measurable impact on public education in Nassau County. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2006.

A distinguished panel of community leaders and experts in public education will comprise the Awards Selection Committee. Recipients will receive their awards at the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” Awards Gala sponsored by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation in spring 2007.

Celebrating its 40th year, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides cost-effective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunity and help districts operate more efficiently. Visit www.nassauboces.org for more news, information and educational updates.

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