New DS

BOE Appoints New DS
Posted on 01/09/2020

The Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education appointed Scott A. Budelmann as its new District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer at its January 8 meeting. Mr. Budelmann will assume his new role on March 1.

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

"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," Dr. Costello said. “He has the experience and vision to help move our organization forward and enhance opportunities for students and districts in our region.”

Mr. Budelmann is currently the Deputy Superintendent of MOBOCES. For eight years prior to that, he served as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services at MOBOCES, overseeing financial, legal, policy, technology, facilities, human resources and a variety of other departments and services in addition to advising the District Superintendent in a variety of matters. Before becoming Assistant Superintendent, he served as a School Attorney and Labor Relations Specialist at MOBOCES for 10 years, including five years as the Coordinator of his department.

Before joining MOBOCES in 2001, Mr. Budelmann served as a Labor Law Attorney and Union Representative with SEIU Local 200 in Syracuse, as a Business Law Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Potsdam, as an Assistant Public Defender for St. Lawrence County, and a variety of other legal and community service roles, including Disability and Poverty Law Attorney and Homeless Task Force Coordinator. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a mental health advocate, teaching assistant and employment specialist for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Mr. Budelmann holds School District Leader and School District Business Leader certifications from the NYS Education Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington, his law degree from SUNY Buffalo, and certificates of advanced study from SUNY Cortland (School District Business Leader) and Niagara University (School District Leader).

“I am honored to have been selected as the next District Superintendent of the Madison-Oneida BOCES. 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,” Mr. Budelmann said. “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.”

The Board’s announcement concludes a six-month search process that included multiple stakeholder meetings and a thorough screening of qualified candidates. The Board conducted its search under the guidance of Jefferson-Lewis BOCES District Superintendent Steve Todd following Jacklin Starks’ retirement announcement in May 2019.

Per state regulations, the Board advanced two semifinalists to the NYS Interim Commissioner of Education for her consideration before selecting Mr. Budelmann for the position.