BOCES superintendent to retire after 40-year career

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VERONA — Madison-Oneida BOCES district Superintendent Jacklin G. Starks is retiring effective Dec. 1, after a 40-year education career including 16 years as MOBOCES superintendent, the agency has announced.

The MOBOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services on Thursday regretfully accepted Starks’ retirement/resignation, according to the BOCES announcement.

MOBOCES provides programs and services to several component school districts from the region including Camden, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, Oneida, Rome, Stockbridge Valley and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, plus the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome.

“Serving as district superintendent has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life,” said Starks.

“I have been blessed to know and work alongside so many passionate and talented educators, leaders and colleagues who truly care about children and education,” Starks said. “My career has taught me the true meaning of service
leadership. It has been my great honor to serve the children, my regional community and statewide partners,”she added.

Starks joined MOBOCES in 1992, serving in several administrative positions before becoming superintendent.

Prior to that, she was an elementary school principal in Canastota, and began her career as a speech/language pathologist.

MOBOCES board President Suzanne Carvelli of Rome said Starks will have a lasting positive impact on the organization.

Describing Starks as an “exceptional and visionary leader,” Carvelli said “her knowledge, insight and can-do attitude have made us the highly regarded organization we are today.”

“We are confident that her unique ability to mentor others to the highest of standards will prove to be just one of her many lasting achievements, and that future generations of educators will continue to be led by her exceptional example,” Carvelli added.

No decisions have been made yet regarding an interim or leadership transition, nor is there yet a timeline for them, according to MOBOCES.

There are 37 BOCES agencies in the state and whenever any have a district superintendent vacancy, the state education commissioner is required to conduct an organizational study to look at the possibility of reorganization, the announcement said. Following completion of the study, the BOCES board may begin its search for a permanent district superintendent.

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