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Maxine F. Dowler is the current Vice-President of the BOCES Board of Education . . .

Maxine Dowler lives in Salamanca, NY and this year is the Vice-President of the BOCES Board of Education. Though Mrs. Dowler has retired from teaching, she currently serves on two school boards: Salamanca City Central School (for seven years, since 1987) and Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES (four years, first serving in 1996).

After graduating from Salamanca High School, she went on to earn her B.S. Degree in Education from Fredonia State with graduate work in Special Education. She began her career teaching in the Falconer School District (five years). She also served as the first Administrator of the Indian Education Program at the (still existing) Red House Indian School (two years). She also taught at Salamanca City Central School for 25 years. In addition, she was a recipient of the Golden Deeds Award from the Salamanca Exchange Club. Maxine still enjoys volunteering in classrooms and working on many committees.

Mrs. Dowler holds several civic positions. Besides her board positions, she is also President of the Salamanca Exchange Club, President of the Cattaraugus County Western Unit of Retired Teachers and Vice-President of the Zonta Club of Olean.

Mrs. Dowler stated, "My main interest and concern has always been providing all the children with quality education so they would grow to become responsible and contributing adults. Much of this can happen through our policy making and guidance."

She went on to say, "Since I am an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, being a Tribal Advocate/Liaison for the Native American students has brought a closer relationship and understanding of the value of a diversified culture that exists within our schools. Even after retiring from teaching in the District, I realize the needs and concerns of the staff and other employees. As the saying goes 'It takes a Whole Village to Teach a Child', especially in these times where all the students have to attain all the New York State Learning Standards at all levels. Working side by side with the staff and community on ways to keep our District a safe learning environment has built a camaraderie that can't be replaced."

Maxine has two sons, Matthew W. Printup and Mark W. Printup, and three granddaughters, Alexis, Jessica, and Nadine. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music (playing piano), crafts, and community service.

School Board Recognition Week

Governor George Pataki has declared the week of October 22-26, 2001, to be School Board Recognition Week. This is the tenth year this event has been celebrated. The Governor has designated this special week to commend school board members for their dedicated service to the children of New York State.

The BOCES Board of Education

The Board of Education for Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES is comprised of nine individuals, who each represent a specific area comprised of one or more (depending on size of enrollments) of BOCES component school districts.

The members of the BOCES Board of Education are:
President Myrna Reynolds (representing Cattaraugus-Little Valley C. S., Randolph C. S., and Randolph Academy)
Vice President Maxine Dowler (representing Ellicottville C. S. and Salamanca City Schools)
Delores Ackerman (representing Andover C. S., Wellsville C. S., and Whitesville C. S.)
Marjorie Davis (representing Belfast C. S., Cuba-Rushford C. S., and Fillmore C. S.)
Donald Foreman (representing Bolivar-Richburg C. S., Friendship C. S., Genesee Valley C. S., and Scio C. S.)
J. Donald Jones (representing Allegany-Limestone C. S. and Portville C. S.)
Dr. Heinke Lillenstein (representing Pioneer C. S.)
Louis D. Nicol (representing Olean City Schools)
Francis Snyder (representing Franklinville C. S., Hinsdale C. S., and West Valley C. S.)