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Four candidates seek seats on Board of Education

April 23, 2019 -- Moravia Central School District residents will elect four members to the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 21, as well as vote on the proposed budget for the 2019-20 academic year.

The terms of BOE members Shawn Becker, Kärin Dillon and Jeffrey Carmichael expire June 30, 2019. These terms of office will be for three years beginning July 1, 2019. The three top voter-getters will be elected to these seats.

The remaining one-year term of James Struble, who resigned, is also vacant. Terry Thompson currently holds this seat. The person who is voted into this seat will take office immediately following the budget vote on May 21, and remain in office until June 30, 2020.

The following candidates filed nominating petitions by the April 22 deadline:

Shawn Becker

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Shawn Becker

Shawn Becker, of Moravia, is seeking a second term on the board. A resident of the school district for 51 years, Mr. Becker is the owner and operator of Becker Farms.

A Moravia High School graduate, Mr. Becker and his wife, Julie, have four children, one of whom, Grace,  attends Moravia CSD as a freshman. The other three are Moravia alumni: Emily, Le Moyne College; Jacqueline, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Madison, Lock Haven University.

Mr. Becker serves on the school district’s agriculture committee and the Sempronius Fire Department’s Truck and Tractor Pull Committee. He also enjoys hunting and fishing with friends and family, tractor- and truck-pulling and shooting trap.

“I wish to serve on the Moravia School Board to continue the financial responsibility, transparency and work environment to provide a world-class education with small-town values for all our children,” he said.



Jeffrey Carmichael

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Jeffrey Carmichael
Jeffrey Carmichael, of Moravia, is seeking a second term on the board. A resident of the school district for 21 years, he works at Cornell University as the administrative manager for the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Mr. Carmichael and his wife, Celeste, have three children, the youngest of whom, Jeffrey Jr., attends Moravia High School as a freshman. Their two daughters are Moravia alumni. Anna went on to study and graduate from Cornell University, and Cara is a junior at State University College at Cortland.

Mr. Carmichael is a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School; State University College at Albany and State University College at Brockport (bachelor’s degrees); Syracuse University (master’s of business administration); and State University College at Cortland (certificate of advanced study). He is also active with the Moravia Music Boosters, Christ United Methodist Church Choir and as a 4-H volunteer.

“I have enjoyed serving on the Board of Education for the past three years and would like to serve another term,” Mr. Carmichael said. “I bring a variety of experience to the position and have had two children graduate from Moravia and currently have a freshman in high school. I have been impressed with the quality and quantity of academic and extracurricular programs available to Moravia students and the care and attention they receive from the school community. I would like to continue to play a role in helping our school district continue its mission and vision to “provide a world-class education rooted in our community’s values.”

Kärin Dillon

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Kärin Dillon
Kärin Dillon, of Locke, is seeking a third term on the board. A district resident for 28 years, she works as a senior scientist at Q2 Solutions, a research organization that contracts with pharmaceutical companies to analyze samples from clinical trials.

She has two daughters: Mia, a junior at Moravia High School, and Paige, a student at Ithaca College.

She graduated from Wells College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major focus in chemistry.

In addition to being a member of the Moravia School Board, Ms. Dillon also is part of the Audit Committee, an alternate for the Wellness Committee and an active member of the parent group for the Class of 2020 (which is currently planning the After-Prom Party) and the First Aid team at Q2 Solutions.

Her hobbies include spending time with her family, walking/hiking and gardening.

“I want to continue to serve on the Moravia School Board of Education because I take pride in being part of this organization and serving the community in this capacity,” Ms. Dillon said. “I believe in the Moravia School District and all it has to offer students – academically, physically and socially. I want to ensure that students of today and future students continue to be offered opportunities that give them the best foundation to go out and be competitive in their lives beyond high school.”

Terry Thompson

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Terry Thompson
Terry Thompson, of Locke, is seeking his first full term on the Moravia Board of Education. He is currently serving out Mr. Struble’s unexpired term and previously served out the remaining year in another unexpired term (May 2017 to June 2018). A resident of the district for seven years, he works as the registrar for the Cornell University School of Law. He is a graduate of McGraw High School and studied at the Center City Business Institute and Tompkins County Community College.

Mr. Thompson and his wife, Lorie, have four grown children. He serves as president of the DADS of Foreign Service Veterans, second vice commander of the Sons of the American Legion in Groton and a guard in the VFW Auxiliary for Moravia post.

“Continuing to give back to the community is something I am very interested in continuing to do, as well as helping to make sure students in our district can receive the best education we can provide to them. The current members of the BOE work well together, and I enjoy being a part of the group.”