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NORWICH – School board members from throughout Delaware, Chenango, Madison and Otsego counties gathered Thursday at the BOCES facility for the annual fall dinner to celebrate the efforts made by school boards to ensure children today receive the education they all deserve.

The event, hosted by the Chenango County School Board Association (CCSBA), is held each fall for school board members and fellow educators. Following a tour of the new advancements being made at BOCES and a dinner prepared by BOCES students, CCSBA President Brian Brennan got the evening started with a vote to elect officers. After a unanimous vote, officers are staying as follows, Brennan as president, Kathy Coates as vice president and John Godfrey as secretary and treasurer.

As a tradition for their fall function, the School Board Member of the Year award, presented by Superintendent Alan Pole, was announced. Linda Zaczek was honored for her years of service on both the Gilbertsville-Mt.Upton and DCMO BOCES school boards. She is a vice-president at NBT bank and has volunteered in a long list of community events and organizations. “I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work closely with Linda for 18 years,” said Pole. He also said it is people like Zaczek who make the community a better place to live.

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