The Liverpool High School library was filled with friends, colleagues and district supports on Monday night to honor the late Board of Education President Pat Mouton. On Jan. 10, the Liverpool Central School District dedicated the library the Patricia Mouton Memorial Library.
Mouton was a longtime member of the district community. She taught English at Liverpool High School from 1982 to 2002. After her retirement, she was a member of the Board of Education from 2002 to 2010, and served as board president from 2009 to 2010.
"It is so fitting that tonight we meet to commemorate this library in her honor," said Superintendent Richard Johns.
Mouton, 70, died of a heart attack March 16, 2010 during the board of education meeting in which the board decided to close Wetzel Road Elementary.
A plaque was unveiled by Johns and Mouton's husband, Stephen. It read: "Pat Mouton Memorial Library. Teacher, Board Member and Friend." The plaque also donned a quote from Chaucer, "Gladly did she learn, and gladly teach."
Speakers included Superintendent Johns; Stephen Mouton; Patricia DeBona-Rosier, Vice President of the Board of Education; Larry Cummings, Executive Director of the Central New York School Boards Association; Douglas Ann Land, Area 4 Director for the New York State School Boards Association; Pattie Miller, president of the United Liverpool Faculty Association, and Former NYS Assemblyman Al Stirpe.
Others in attendance included Mouton's daughter, Joanna (Geoff) Mouming; her son, David Mouton, and her grandson, Gerard.
"I'm thrilled with the ceremony," said Mouming, who traveled from Iowa to attend. "She was really behind reading and literacy, so this is a great thing."
The family donated approximately 700 books on folklore and mythology to the library from Mouton's personal collection. They are available for student use, and are labeled with Mouton's name.