MOBOCES History

Madison-Oneida BOCES dates back to the summer of 1968, but our work in this region actually predates that. Conrad Rupert was our first District Superintendent, he began in 1961 as the head of the Sole Supervisory District of Madison County. We can find records back to 1965 that show our Madison County BOCES offices were in Bouckville! The building we were in was on Route 20 and housed our administrative offices and an Auto Mechanics program. It is now home to the Oneida-Madison Electric Cooperative.

In 1967, we became the BOCES of West Oneida and Madison Counties and moved into offices at JD George Elementary School in Verona. In that same year, we signed a lease on a one-story cement block building on Erie Blvd in Rome to locate a Trade School in the northern part of our region. That building is now home to Dick's Indian Motorcycle.

We finally purchased the land here at Spring Road and Tilden Hill in January of 1968 and in June of that year, we held our first public vote to authorize the purchase of this campus for $43,000 and the construction of a building for $2.1 million. The referendum passed and in July 1968, we officially became Madison-Oneida BOCES Sole Supervisory District.

campus aerial shot


current campus

(MOBOCES campus circa 1995, above, and 2015, below.)

Some other notable dates:

1970 MOBOCES opens the region's first Occupational Education Center.
1973 Conrad Rupert, the first District Superintendent of MOBOCES, retires.
1975 Piloted test scanners through our technology division
1985 SED passes legislation for Regional Information Centers and MOBOCES becomes the home site for the Mohawk RIC.
1988 CTE center is dedicated in memory of Andrew Rossetti, the second District Superintendent of MOBOCES.
1994 Edward Shafer, our third District Superintendent, leads the construction and opening of the Triplexus building to house our special education and alternative education programs.
1997 Rossetti Center renovations, including building a roof over the Courtyard, were completed.
2002 Rossetti extension project to build the R4 wing was completed, along with new entrances to the Triplexus and a connector hallway between the two academic buildings.
2003 Jacklin Starks assumes the role of District Superintenden
2006 Second and final phase of CoGen plant was completed, providing a continuous power source for campus in the event of a power outage.
2010 Replaced the skylights over the Rossetti Courtyard.
2015 Replaced Rossetti roof, renovated the MORIC's Network Operations Center (NOC), and revamped the Print Shop to accommodate the MORIC's Data Analysis team.
2016 Renovated Administration building to create a dedicated wing for the legal and labor relations staff.
20147 Drone radar platform installed on Rossetti roof and MOBOCES joins new Mohawk Valley drone corridor.

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