NYSSBA announces two winners for the 2016 Everett R. Dyer Award

FOR RELEASE: August 5, 2016

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell


For the first time in the award’s history, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is honoring two school board members with the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service.

The winners of the 2016 award this year are Deborah Coates of the Nassau BOCES and Joseph DiMaio from the Jamestown City School District. The award is the highest honor NYSSBA annually bestows upon a single school board member.

Coates has been a member of the Nassau BOCES Board since 2008 and was appointed district clerk in 2014. She also serves as a board liaison to the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation. Coates served as president and vice president of the East Meadow Union Free School District Board of Education. She also was a member of the Nassau BOCES Budget Review Committee.

Coates was elected to the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association's Executive Committee in 2009, elected as its secretary/treasurer in 2015, and is also a member of its Legislation and Nominating committees. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for R.E.F.I.T. (Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today) since 2003 and is a past president.

For three decades, Coates has been a member of the East Meadow School District’s PTA and has received numerous honors for her work, including the National PTA Leadership Award.

Joseph DiMaio, a Jamestown High School alumnus, has served the Jamestown City School District for more than 43 years as a teacher, football coach and school board member. He was a member of the Jamestown City School District Board of Education, serving four years as president and retiring in June. He held numerous commitee positions and has been an active member of the Chautauqua County School Boards Association.

DiMaio volunteers in the Jamestown schools helping students practice their reading and writing, assisting at PTA functions, and training staff in first aid and CPR procedures.

He was recently named to the New York State Association of Small City School Districts (NYSASCSD) Advisory Board.  Previously he served seven years on the NYSASCSD board of directors, including a term as president in 2015.

“Deborah and Joseph embody everything this award is about: energy, passion, devotion and leadership,” said NYSSBA President Susan Bergtraum.   Bergtraum will honor Coates and DiMaio during NYSSBA’s 2016 Annual Convention October 27-29 in Buffalo.


Photo of Deborah Coates: http://www.nyssba.org/clientuploads/nyssba-photos/deborah_coates-08052016.jpg

Photo of Joseph DiMaio: http://www.nyssba.org/clientuploads/nyssba-photos/joe-dimaio-08052016.jpg




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