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MOBOCES Celebrates 50th Annual Meeting

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annual meeting drumming MOBOCES hosted our 50th Annual Meeting on April 11 to help wind down a year filled with celebrations. This year's theme was “Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future,” and that theme was evident throughout the evening.

This year's Annual Meeting video featured interviews with many successful MOBOCES alumni from all of our instructional programs in addition to a look back over five decades. Our anniversary quilt featured squares created by all of our component buildings and MOBOCES instructional divisions, and our massive 18-foot timeline (which you can see in our Administration building) detailed our major milestones and achievements since our founding in 1968.

Music teacher Jenna Stango and therapists Bettina DiMaggio and Toni Vanderlan led the entire room in a drumming activity to help close the evening. This infusion of music - introduced by later Equine instructor Mary Maitland - into many of our Alternative and Special Education programs is just one of the new, innovative techniques we are using to help all learners succeed. 

ice sculpture State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia served as our keynote speaker this year and, along with Deputy Commissioner Jhone Ebert, had the opportunity to speak with local education leaders about state issues, and present a congratulatory certificate in recognition of our 50th anniversary. She also sampled food prepared and served by our Culinary Arts students, saw the flower arrangements created by our Career Exploration students, tried the chocolate chip cookies made by Vocational-Technical Preparation class, and heard a musical performance from the Oneida High School jazz band, led by Director David Hawthorne. 

The three candidates for vacant Board of Education seats - Doug Gustin, of Canastota, Paul Lehmann, of Hamilton, and Thomas Hollingsworth, of Stockbridge Valley - spoke about their passion for education. Board President Richard Engelbrecht, of Madison, spoke during the evening about our history and legacy of our four district superintendents.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Annual Meeting - and our entire anniversary year - such a huge success!


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