Former Jamestown Public Schools’ Board President, Joe DiMaio, was recently honored with the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service. For the first time in the award’s history, two recipients were honored: Mr. DiMaio and Deborah Coates of the Nassau BOCES. The award is the highest honor NYSSBA annually bestows upon a single school board member.
“We are thrilled that NYSSBA chose to honor Joe DiMaio with the Everett R. Dyer Award,” said Tim O. Mains, JPS Superintendent. “His contributions to our school district throughout the years are immeasurable. His leadership on the Board of Education has been invaluable. In Jamestown, we all know how lucky we are to have a person like Joe DiMaio be so passionately involved in our district, but it is gratifying that NYSSBA honored his commitment and distinguished service to Jamestown Schools thorough this prestigious award.”
Mr. DiMaio, a Jamestown High School alumnus, has served the Jamestown Public School District for over 43 years as a teacher, football coach and school board member. Mr. DiMaio served as a JPS Board of Education member for 12 years including Board of Education President for four years. He has held numerous positions on JPS Board of Education committees and been an active member in the New York State School Boards Association.
Mr. DiMaio was recently named to the New York State Association of Small City School Districts (NYSASCSD) Advisory Board after serving as NYSASCSD President last year and seven years on the Board of Directors. Through his leadership as President and Chairman of the Litigation Steering Committee, Mr. DiMaio helped lead NYSASCSD through the historic lawsuit, Maisto et al.v State of New York as it was tried in the courts last year. Mr. DiMaio’s passionate advocacy of the inequitable funding for small city school districts, including Jamestown, helped to put the lawsuit in the state and national spotlight.
Mr. DiMaio spends many hours volunteering in the Jamestown schools helping students practice their reading and writing, assisting at PTA functions, training staff on CPR procedures, presenting his story about serving in the military to countless JPS students, and attending many school district activities including music concerts and athletic events.
Mr. DiMaio serves on the Board of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and as a volunteer coach for midget football. His wife, Cheryl, and two children are also JHS alumni. His two grandchildren are currently receiving a superior education in the Jamestown schools.
“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.