VERONA — The Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education welcomes back four of its members who were re-elected recently to new three-year terms of office.
Board members each represent one of the nine component districts that comprise MOBOCES, and each individual district’s Board of Education nominates a community member as its representative to the MOBOCES Board.
All nine Boards of Education vote on the nominees in April, for terms beginning on July 1.
This year’s candidates and the districts they represent were:
-Sally Sherwood, of Camden, three-year term ending in 2025;
-Dr. John Costello Sr., of Oneida, three-year term ending in 2025;
-Suzanne Carvelli, of Rome, three-year term ending in 2025; and
-Michelle Jacobsen, of Hamilton, who will fill an unexpired term on the board that ends in 2024.
Sherwood has been on the BOE since 2014. She is a retired teacher from MOBOCES and a mother, grandmother and wife who is also dedicated to her community and her church family, the BOCES announced said. In addition to serving on the MOBOCES board, she has served on the Camden Planning Board and the Camden Wesleyan Church Board of Trustees, where she is also on their Worship team.
Jacobsen has been on the BOE since 2021, when she was appointed to fill an unexpired term until the annual board vote. She works in fundraising for Colgate University and also serves on the Hamilton Central School District Board of Education.
She and her husband have two children attending Hamilton schools.
Costello has been on the BOE since 1988, having served as president and vice president for multiple terms as well as holding multiple committee chairmanships. He is a retired optometrist who also spent 30 years on the Oneida City School District Board of Education. He is a strong advocate for government efficiency and shared services, and he is involved in many civic organizations, the BOCES announcement added.
Carvelli has been on the BOE since 2012, having previously held the roles of president and vice president. She is retired from Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) and previously served six years on the Rome City School District Board of Education, including two years as president. According to the BOCES announcement, she is passionate about enhancing educational opportunities for students of all ages.
The Madison-Oneida BOCES serves students from Camden, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, New York State School for the Deaf, Oneida, Rome, Stockbridge Valley and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.