New superintendent appointed at Madison-Oneida BOCES

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VERONA — Scott A. Budelmann has been appointed as the new district superintendent of Madison-Oneida (MO) BOCES by the MOBOCES Board of Education, and will assume his new role on March 1, BOCES announced today.

Budelmann, currently deputy superintendent of MOBOCES, had been one of two finalists for the superintendent position who were announced last month. The other finalist was Little Falls school district Superintendent Keith Levatino.

Budelmann’s salary will be $175,000, and New York state will pay $43,499 of that amount, according to BOCES.

The MOBOCES board was impressed with Budelmann’s knowledge, skills and leadership abilities, said board President Dr. John J. Costello, Sr.

“In reviewing all the candidates, the board looked for a new leader who would continue to advance the exceptional work and leadership of this BOCES in providing quality programs and services to our component districts, and we believe Mr. Budelmann is the right person to do that,” Costello said.

“He has the experience and vision to help move our organization forward and enhance opportunities for students and districts in our region,” the board president added.

Budelmann, who joined MOBOCES in 2001, was assistant superintendent for administrative services for eight years before becoming deputy superintendent and prior to that was a MOBOCES school attorney and labor relations specialist for 10 years.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next district superintendent” of MOBOCES, said Budelmann.

“As a graduate of a rural high school, a long-time public servant, and an 18-year veteran of this organization, I look forward to working with local school boards, school superintendents, government leaders and community partners to expand opportunities for all of our learners....The Madison-Oneida region has long committed itself to educational excellence, and I am proud and humbled by the opportunity to continue its outstanding work,” Budelmann added.

Before joining MOBOCES, Budelmann was a labor law attorney and union representative with SEIU Local 200 in Syracuse; a business law adjunct instructor at SUNY Potsdam; an assistant public defender for St. Lawrence County; a disability and poverty law attorney with Community Legal Aid Society; plus various other legal and community service roles. He has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington, law degree from SUNY Buffalo, and certificates of advanced study from SUNY Cortland (School District Business Leader) and Niagara University (School District Leader).

Budelmann succeeds Jacklin Starks, who last May announced her retirement effective Dec. 1 after a 40-year education career including 16 years as MOBOCES superintendent.

School districts served by MOBOCES include 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.

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