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Former USD 489 clerk 'stunned' by accolades





The accolades still are coming for Sandra Bainter, Hays USD 489 Board of Education clerk and director of accounting who retired in December.

Bainter received the 2013 distinguished service award by Kansas Association of School Board Officials at the organization's convention in April.

The award for outstanding service to the organization or education in Kansas is the highest given by KASBO to an individual.

KASBO members can make nominations; then a committee of the three immediate past presidents determine who will receive the award, Perry McCabe, a KASBO representative, wrote in an email.

"She was a very deserving recipient of the award," McCabe wrote of Bainter.

The Hays district hired Bainter in 1988 to work in the payroll department processing medical expense and dependent care reimbursement claims.

"When I started, Jean Ross was president of KASBO, and I have been a member since 1988," Bainter said.

The award usually comes as a surprise to the honored individual, but since she's retired, Bainter said she was asked to attend the convention.

"I was totally stunned," Bainter said. "We just go and do our jobs. ... They really blessed me."

"Sandra is one of those one in a million employees -- loyal, outstanding work ethic, willing to go out of her way to help anyone," said Richard Cain, USD 489 deputy superintendent. "She put in hours and hours of extra time and effort to help KASBO become a better service organization. Both USD 489 and KASBO are losing a valued resource."

"My greatest reward was to take good care of the board," Bainter said in December. "I would hope I accomplished that."

"The award is well deserved," said Richard Kraemer, who's been on the board since 2001. "It's not an easy task working with the different personalities of board members."

Bainter also received a distinguished service award at the December board meeting in appreciation for "24 years of outstanding service and dedication to the Hays public schools," Darren Schumacher, board president said.