Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education members took time to honor fellow board member Maureen Kaus at their meeting last week.
Kaus recently announced that she would not be seeking re-election to her seat this year after serving 15 years.
Board President Michele Hoerner presented flowers to Kaus.
"Fifteen years adds up to a lot of volunteer hours, which often goes unrecognized," Hoerner said.
She pointed that Kaus had served as board president and vice president, as well as the school district representative on the Orleans-Niagara BOCES board. While serving as a board member, Kaus "helped the district to have one of the nicest facilities in the area," and "helped shape the district to what it is today," Hoerner said.
"It's a group effort," Kaus said, later adding, "Nobody knows what a board member goes through unless they're on the board."
Town of Niagara resident Mike Murawski, a former N-W board member, chided board members, saying only one acknowledged Kaus' service when she announced her retirement. Everyone was taken aback by the announcement, board member Kathy Fleming said.
Murawski, who had served with Kaus, said he wanted to thank her "for all the years and tears and time she has given to this board."
After a short, routine meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters.
The board was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the 2010-11 school budget last night, May 5. Voting on the proposed $69.19 million budget and the two open school board seats will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, at the Adult Learning Center at Niagara-Wheatfield High School, which is the new polling place this year. There is no contest in the board race. Candidates are Fleming, the incumbent, and Michael Brock, both of Wheatfield.