Meet the North Syracuse Board of Education candidates

An active and visible board member, DiBianco is frequently in the schools. A member of the Central New York Reading Council and A Literacy Volunteer for many years, DiBianco has visited classes throughout the district to pique interest in literature by sharing books and reading aloud to students in the belief that what children learn to love, they will love to learn.

Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton - BOE member for 27 years

Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton is a lifelong resident of the Village of North Syracuse, currently residing at Centerville Court, 400 Sandra Lane, North Syracuse. She is a graduate of North Syracuse High School and the Beaux Art School of Beauty, Inc. She is a New York State Licensed Cosmetologist and travels to serve senior citizens and the physically challenged on a part-time basis.

Cifaratta-Brayton raised five sons as a widowed-single parent. Her sons Joseph, Leonard, John, Peter and Philip are all graduates of the North Syracuse Central School District and all live in Onondaga County with their families.

She is a highly visible and supportive Board of Education Member, attending student events, including academic and co-curricular activities at all grade levels. She also serves on the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Board of Education, which represents 23 component school districts, a position she has held since 1988. She also has served as a member of the Central New York Teaching Center Policy Board, representing 17 component districts, since 1988.

Cifaratta-Brayton was named to the 1995-96 Wall of Distinction, which honors North Syracuse Central School District graduates, in recognition of her significant contributions and continual involvement and support in her community. Cifaratta-Brayton was awarded the Community Service Award in 2000, for Outstanding Service Rendered to the Youth and Community.

Cifaratta-Brayton is a current member of the New York State Association of Computers/Technologies in Education, New York State School Boards Association, National School Boards Association, and Workforce Preparation Advisory Committee. Cifaratta-Brayton is a volunteer for St. Joseph's Hospital and NAVAC. She further serves as a judge for the Central New York National History Day, sponsored by the Onondaga Historical Association.

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