With the students out for summer vacation, Wednesday was the teachers' turn to say farewell as a group to some of their retiring comrades.
At the beginning of a professional development day for all district teachers, Warren County School District Superintendent Dr. William Clark, school board Vice President Donna Zariczny, and Warren County Education Association President Louise Tharp honored and presented certificates to the district's retirees.
"This is an opportunity to say thank you to some people who served the district well," Clark said. The eight teachers on the list represented "208.5 years of dedication to the district."
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Long-time Warren County School District speech and hearing specialist Laurie West accepts a retiree certificate of appreciation from Superintendent Dr. William Clark during a special recognition ceremony Wednesday morning that was part of a professional development day for all district teachers. The district recognized eight retirees with a combined 208.5 years of service.
Following is the list of teachers and their years of service with the district:
Laurie West, 34 years;
Rhinda Siffin, 33.5 years;
Renae Lucks, 29 years;
Linda Burroughs, 27.5 years;
Patricia Hannold 25 years;
Barbara Scott, 21 years;
Martha Asp, 20.5 years;
and Diane Reese, 18 years.
Each retiree received a lifetime pass to all district athletic and dramatic events and a framed certificate that reads, "In recognition of your... years of dedicated and outstanding service to the Warren County School District. Directly or indirectly you have impacted and inspired the learning experience and lives of many young people who have become productive, responsible citizens. May the satisfaction of a job well done fill your life with happiness. Congratulations on your well deserved retirement."
The remainder of the teachers' day was filled with programming related to curriculum mapping, a way to align teaching throughout the year to state mandated standards and assessments.