Central Square Central School District Wall of Distinction
“Honoring Graduates and Staff members of the Central Square School District”
Wall of Distinction: The Central Square School District Wall of Distinction established (spring of 2015) for the purpose of recognizing and honoring graduates and staff members of Central Square School District. Each year, an advisory committee considers nominated graduates who have achieved a high level of prominence in their personal and/or professional lives and who have participated in extensive community service or volunteer activities for induction to the Wall of Distinction.
Each inductee has his/her picture and biography prominently displayed on the Wall of Distinction which is located at Paul V. Moore High School.
Please fill out the nomination form and include information such as candidate’s name, present address if known, approximate year of graduation, the high school from which the candidate graduated, basis for the nomination to the Wall of Distinction, and all information regarding their personal or professional achievements and participation in community service or volunteer activities.
Additionally, please include the phone number of the candidate, or a relative/friend of the candidate who has contact with, or personal knowledge of the whereabouts of, the candidate is needed in order to submit a nomination.
Please return the nomination form to Pearl Horn in the Superintendent's Office, 44 School Drive, Central Square, NY 13036, or if you need any clarification or have any questions, please call her at 315.668.4220, x70221 or email PHorn@cssdapps.org. Due to the pandemic and the 2020 nominees were not celebrated, there will be a Zoom ceremony for last year and this year's inductees on March 25.
- Candidates for the Wall of Distinction must be recommended by members of the greater School District community including: Hastings, West Monroe, Constantia, Cleveland, Brewerton and Central Square.
- Candidates must have achieved a high level of professionalism, distinction or prominence.
- Candidates must have participated in extensive community service or volunteer activities.
- Candidates must be of sufficient moral character as to represent a positive role model to students in the school district.
- Candidates must have graduated from Paul V. Moore High School or have been employed by the district for at least 20 years.
Meet Sharon BuMann
Sharon BuMann’s professional career as an artist began in 1977. Being an artist was her dream job from an early age. Sharon loves and is best known for her sculptural works. Most notedly are BuMann’s public bronze monuments including the “Jerry Rescue Monument’ (Syracuse, NY), “Libba Cotton” (Syracuse, NY), “Dr. Mary Walker” (Oswego, NY), “Abide” (Alexandria, NY), “Madonna and Child” (Central Square/Auburn, NY), “The Mountain Goat” (Syracuse, NY), “Founders of Syracuse Homes” (Baldwinsville, NY), “Tex Simone” (Liverpool, NY) and more. Additionally, she is acclaimed for her life-size butter sculptures produced for State Fairs across the country, annually for over 20 years. One such sculpture won a Guinness World Record for the “Largest Butter Sculpture” (4,070 pounds) in Dallas, TX. Today, Sharon continues to work in her home studio doing large works of art.
Upon semi-retiring from extensive travel in 2016, Sharon BuMann took on the resurrection of the Fort Brewerton Historical Society. It was an organization near and dear to both her parents. Instilled in BuMann as a child was the attitude that, “History is important to the future of us all and must be protected!” That philosophy falls in line with her life-long learning and teaching motivations.
Sharon and her beloved husband, George (whom she met in high school) raised two children, George Bruce and Amy Beth. George, his wife Jenny Golding and son, live in Gardiner, Montana (at the north gate of Yellowstone National Park). George is a wildlife sculptor and naturalist. Amy and her husband, Patrick Eustace and their four sons live in Hamburg, New York. Amy is completing her Nurse Practitioner’s License and is currently employed at Erie County Medical Center as a nurse. Both children were also graduates of Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, Syracuse University and Virginia Tech., University at Buffalo and Daemen College, respectively.
Meet Irene Meyers
Irene Nellie Meyers was born March 15, 1929 to Catherine (Hellinger) and Stephen Rupracht of West Monroe. Irene attended several one room school houses during the Great Depression, as the family moved often, wherever work was available. In 1940 her parents purchased their own farm in Constantia. Reflecting on her own life, Catherine swore “her daughter would never learn to milk cows, because if she did, she’d never do anything else”. Irene graduated from Central Square High School in 1946 as Valedictorian, having served as Senior Class President and editor of the student newspaper “The Centralite”.
Upon graduation, Irene transitioned from part time to full time bookkeeper for the Goettel Corporation. She met a young dairy farmer from Caughdenoy who came in to pay his feed bill. She and Robert Meyers (CSHS ‘39) married in 1950. They bought a farm next to Bob’s parents, expanding the family operation. Irene helped when needed, but she never milked cows. Irene worked for Goettel’s until she retired as their last employee, with a 10 year break to stay home with their young children. All are graduates of CSCS- Cathy ‘71, Bonnie ‘73, and Steve ‘76. Irene is blessed with 5 granddaughters, 3 great granddaughters and has two more great grand babies on the way.
Irene held several leadership positions with the Caughdenoy United Methodist Church and was honored to be their Woman of the Year. She was an active member of other community groups such as Home Bureau and Grange. She taught secretarial classes at CS Adult Ed night school. She helped lead Brownie Troop 78 and was a 4H leader for 25 years. As Hastings Town Historian and Central Square Village Historian, she gave presentations to many youth and social groups. She extensively researched and archived genealogical information, receiving requests from across the USA, and delved into her own extended family’s history. She served as secretary of Fort Brewerton Historical Society. She wrote 2 books: “Where the Eel is Lying Down: Caughdenoy NY” and “Images of America: Hastings NY”. She received recognition from the NYS Senate in 1985 for creating “Our Heritage Day”, a ceremony and self-guided tour celebrating the 160th Anniversary of the Town of Hastings.
First elected in 1981, Irene served 3 terms as Councilwoman and 2 terms as Town Supervisor for the Town of Hastings. She was the first woman, and so far the only woman, to hold these positions. During her tenure, she secured federal grants to build the Caughdenoy and the Fort Brewerton Sewer Districts. The present Town Hall was completed and her name and title are inscribed at the entrance.
Meet Bruce Rio
Birthdate: 5.12.61 Father “Russ” Rio (1 brother, 3 sisters), mother Sylvia (Matthys) Rio.
Schooling from CSCD – graduated 1979. BOCES Program – Electronics 1979.
Joined cub scouts 1969 – boyscouters – 1972, Caughdenoy Troop 709; Achieved the Adirondack 46ers Club 1975; Eagle Scout Troop 709 – 1978; Became Scout Leader 1980-1994 Troop 709
Married 1985 to Susan Church (Rio)
2 children – Mark Rio – 2001, Maeve Rio – 2004
American Red Cross CPR Instructor – 1982-1994
National Ski Patrol – Song Mountain 1984-1996
Employed Onondaga Cty. Instrumentation Tech 1981-1994
Developed Red Onion Grocery & Pizzeria, 1994 to Present
Became Private Pilot 1985, seaplane pilot 1999
Boy Scout Leader Troop 709 2013 to present
Town of Hastings Town Supervisor 2000-2006
Town of Hastings Republican Committee 1997 to Present
CSCS AFS Parents 2018 from Germany
CSCS AFS Parents 2019 from Germany
“Surround yourself with people who care” and have the motto, “I will try”
When you find yourself doing something challenging, just remember, “if it was easy everyone would be doing it”.
Meet David Daniel Eiffe
David is the oldest son of Daniel and Nancy Eiffe and grew up in West Monroe where he started his school career at Hastings Mallory in 1978. His brothers, Jason (95’), Michael (97’) and Ryan (00’) are all proud graduates of Central Square as well. During Dave’s time at Central Square, he played basketball as a middle schooler, baseball and golf in high school and participated in student government. He graduated from Paul V. Moore High School in 1991.
After graduation, he attended Onondaga Community College where he graduated in 1994 with an Associate’s Degree in Communications.
Dave grew up in a home where service to community was not just an option, it was the expectation. He watched both of his parents devote many hours of their lives to their community. Events at church, membership in their local fire department, coaching youth sports and assisting with other civic organizations were part of their everyday life. Wanting to follow in their footsteps, Dave joined his local Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 16 and started what would be a 30 year career of service to community in the public safety field.
As a father of two children, daughter Delaney (18’) and son Braden (20’), he was committed to coaching youth sports and assisting with many community activities and fundraisers. His upbringing and his volunteer work with the fire service were the basis of what it meant to be responsible, to understand commitment and to see what empathy and caring meant to others. In his nearly 20 year career as a volunteer, he learned that the intrinsic satisfaction from helping others outweighed any tangible reward. As a volunteer, he rose from Junior Firefighter through the ranks and in 2006 ascended to the position of Chief of Department. He was the first Junior Firefighter in department history to do so.
The love and passion of his volunteer service propelled him to take the civil service exam as the first step in turning public service into a career. In 1999 he was hired as a Firefighter in the City of Fulton Fire Department. Dave graduated at the top of his recruit class at the New York State Fire Academy and immediately knew that this was his purpose in life. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006. In 2010 Dave was recognized as “Firefighter of the Year” for his involvement with saving a man from drowning in the Oswego River as well as his passion and motivation as a young lieutenant who was always pushing his department to be better. Throughout his career, he was recognized for multiple lifesaving awards, mayoral commendations and an American Red Cross Real Hero medal.
In 2012 he achieved the rank of Captain followed by a promotion to Assistant Fire Chief in 2015. In 2017, Dave reached the pinnacle of his career and was promoted to the rank of Chief of Department. This responsibility was an enormous one. He was responsible for the safe operation of a fully career fire department in a suburban city of 11,500 residents and 39 full time firefighters. During his time as Fire Chief he had many achievements to be proud of. Some of those included securing over $1 million in federal and local grants which helped secure the purchase of four new pieces of fire apparatus, new breathing apparatus, fire prevention programs and cancer prevention equipment.
He was also able to implement several new programs within the department that were completely designed to integrate the fire department with the citizens and community stakeholders. Dave always valued the partnerships his department was able to form during his time as Chief with numerous groups and stakeholders in the Fulton community including the Veterans, Rotary, Lions Club, Fulton Block Builders, Senior Citizen groups, and the City of Fulton School District. It brought him great pride to see his department and its members assisting these groups in ways that went beyond a response to an alarm; interacting with them in proactive, preventative and partnering settings. These programs and interactions were key to leading his department to be viewed as relevant, progressive, involved and valued by the Fulton and surrounding communities. Dave also belongs to many professional organizations and was always proud to represent the City of Fulton and its taxpayers as their Fire Chief at local and national conferences and events. He attributes his successful career as a Professional Firefighter to the values, skills and morals instilled in him by his family at home, his Central Square School family and his volunteer fire department family.
Dave retired from service as Fire Chief in December 2019 and now spends his time as a State Fire Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security where he is able to educate and mold the next generation of firefighters and newly promoted officers at the very same fire academy that he graduated from over 20 years ago. He still resides in West Monroe with his fiancé, Melanie Soluri, his children and Melanie's children Marissa (17’) and Anna (23’) Wheeler.
Meet Deborah O'Mara
Debbie O’Mara is a 1974 graduate of PV Moore. She married Mark O’Mara (Class of 74) in 1977 and they have four children, Erin, Kelly, Daniel (Amy), and Christopher (Chelsea) and two granddaughters Terra and Maeve. Living in Caughdenoy all her life she was involved with Caughdenoy UMC, Fire Department 4H and Girl Scouts. As an adult her involvement took on leadership roles in each of these areas and expanded to include: Starting and directing Sunny Days Nursery School, Evolve Caughdenoy VFD Auxiliary into a Fire Department Support Group and serve as coordinator, led a local 4H Club and served as a County Judge for 4H. Her work with Girl Scouts started as Brownie Leader and continued leading two troops for ten years, in addition she served as the CS District Coordinator for Girl Scouts for four years. She also worked with Boy Scouts – first Cub Scout Pack then Boy Scout Troop 709 on committees serving as a badge counselor, trip planner and fundraising chair. She assisted starting an Explorer Post with the Caughdenoy VFD and served as Committee Chair. After her years of service at Caughdenoy UMC, she took on leadership roles at Wellspring Family Life Church, including parenting, and couples small groups and womens’ ministries.
She has been a long-time supporter of the Central Square School District beginning in 1982 with CSI PTA. She served on many committees there and expanded her involvement over the years to start a PTA at the Middle School, PTSA at the High School, and the original Superintendent Parent Council. She served on many district committees including Strategic Plan, where she was trained to be the internal facilitator under Dr. Doherty, and led the State mandated Shared Decision Making Team. In 1993 she started the Student Government at PVM as a community volunteer. By 1996 she was appointed the advisor of this group, as she began her employment with the Central Square School District. In 1999 she started the Student Leadership Task Force as a need for a district-wide student leadership team was needed. She served on the NYSCLSA Board for 15 years and the NYS Executive Director for 5 years, and was a member of NASC State Directors Board.
Some of the Awards she has received include: NYS CLSA Advisor of the Year sponsored by SANYS, NASC Region 2 Advisor of the Year sponsored by NASC/NASSP, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Advisor of the Year, Oneida Shores Rotary Club Citizen of the Year, Sage College Academy of Character Education Support Service Personnel of the Year Award.
Today Debbie continues to help guide today’s youth with Big Brother Big Sister serving as site based manager for the school-based program in Central Square. She currently is planning to add a new component matching high school students with community mentors. She helps students find ways to volunteer in the community and share her love of giving back. She works with students in the PV Moore Career Center helping to plan what they want to do after high school. She continues as advisor of PV Moore Student Government and the CS Student Leadership Task Force.
Debbie loves her family, her students and her community and is thankful she is able to give back every day to the people who have supported her and her endeavors. Her family is supportive and come along side whenever possible when the volunteer tasks she takes on are a little bigger than she anticipated, for that she is so appreciative.
Meet Jesse Daino and Adam Williams
Adam Williams and Jesse Daino co-founded Recess Coffee in 2007. Beginning with their flagship location in the Westcott neighborhood, Recess has created over 50 jobs in the Syracuse community. Adam and Jesse have grown their business to include three cafes, with a supplementary headquarters building that includes the roastery, kitchen, and offices.
Charity and goodwill are core values at Recess. In addition to exclusively using fair-trade beans, Recess Coffee proudly offers support to local and national organizations, such as The Make A Wish Foundation, Malheur Rappel Crew, P.E.A.C.E., Inc., Meals on Wheels, and many more.