Three representatives from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES received awards from the Cayuga-Onondaga School Board Association (COSBA) during its annual dinner meeting on Thursday, June 1.
Criminal Justice instructor Mr. Al Pola earned an outstanding teacher award, Cindy Pattington, district treasurer, earned an outstanding support staff non-instructional award, and Donald Tamblin Jr. received an outstanding student award. Donnie, a senior from the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, is in the Criminal Justice program.
Mr. Al Pola's Nomination: Mr. Pola is a master teacher who has impacted the lives of hundreds of students from our component school districts. He is a person of high moral character who serves as an excellent role model for the students and staff at our school. Over the years, he has been an effective mentor to new teachers and has served on a wide range of BOCES, regional, and statewide committees. He consistently advocates for students and always adds a powerful energy to groups he works with ensuring positive growth and outcomes. His contributions to our BOCES throughout the years have been monumental.
Cindy Pattington's Nomination: Cindy started her career at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES as an account clerk typist and worked as accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, and payroll clerk from 1999-2001. She was promoted to senior account clerk typist and worked as cross contract billing clerk, business official liaison, and secretary to assistant superintendent from 2001-2007. She earned a second AAS degree in Business Administration in 2007 with a 3.765 GPA. She was promoted to junior accountant and worked as cross contract billing clerk, business official liaison, secretary to assistant superintendent and worked directly with treasurer to learn state aid processing and state education reporting from 2007-2009. She completed School Business Management Workshop Certification for Treasurer in 2008. She was promoted to deputy treasurer in 2009, and then to treasurer in 2009 and still holds the position today. She has also completed School Business Official Leadership Academy in 2016. Her coworkers are thankful for the fact that instructions are straight forward and easy to understand. Not just departmental employees rely on her for advice and assistance, but when other departments need answers, Cindy is the first person they turn to as well. Her positive attitude even when faced with a challenging situation is appreciated. This says a lot about her skills and tireless contribution.
Donald's Nomination: It is with great pleasure that I recommend Donald Tamblin Jr. as the 2017 COSBA Student of the Year from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES (CTE). Donnie is from Jordan-Elbridge and is a Senior in our Criminal Justice Program. He is the son of Don and Tiffany Tamblin. At BOCES he is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, carries a 99 average in Criminal Justice and is the lone recipient this year of the “Criminal Justice Challenge Coin” given to students who excel in academic, physical, and volunteer activities in the Criminal Justice program. At Jordan-Elbridge, Donnie is a Two-Sport athlete, competing in both football and wrestling. He also holds a part-time job at the Baliwick Market & Café in Elbridge. In his spare time Donnie likes to fish and spend time with friends. After graduating, Donnie would like to further his education in the field of Criminal Justice (perhaps at Onondaga Community College) and would like to pursue a career in law enforcement as a police officer or border patrol agent.
Congratulations to all of the COSBA award recipients!