GREENVILLE — Greenville City School (GCS) District bid farewell to several employees Thursday.
Superintendent Doug Fries led an appreciation luncheon for the 2016-17 Certified and Classified retirees. Each first-time retiree received a gift. Fries also gave a nod to those retiring a second time.
Supt. Fries thanked the following: the GCS District Board of Education for sponsoring the luncheon; Brethren Retirement Community for making and delivering the lunches; Supt. Fries’s Executive Secretary Barb Elrod for coordinating the luncheon; and all of the staff.
“It is always nice to be able to sit with all of you at the end of the year when everyone can get a deep breath from looking back at the year you have been through,” Fries said. “This particular year was very memorable. I am sure it will be one that people sitting in this room today will talk about for a long time. It’s not ever year that you pack up four schools, move in the middle of winter, take a three – week break and start kids in school – twice. And now, working on abatement and demolition of buildings, being a part of a dedication, an all – school picture and a lot of little things that go into place when opening a new facility. I want to thank all of you for what you do everyday, in providing education and working to help the lives of kids in the community of Greenville. I also want to thank you this year, extra, for all the extra help with this particular building project. So thank you very much.”
The first-time retirees are: Wendy Black, 20 years, Intervention Specialist; Lu Ann Boyer, 17 years, Student Activity Clerk/Accounts Receivable Secretary; Allen Cox, 18 years, Bus Driver; Linda Cox, 16 years, Para Professional in the Transportation Department; Kate Custer, 21 years, Bus Driver; Marcia Denman, 11 years, Accounts Receivable Secretary; Anita Greene, 17 years, Food Service Department; Patti McGlinch, 20 years, Food Service Department; Carol Paul, 26 years, Para Professional; Sue Sanders, 19 years, Treasurer’s Department; Susan Swank, 22 years, Bus Driver and Pam Woods, 20 years, Food Service Department.
Other teachers retiring again include: Career – Technology Automotive Instructor Jim Anderson, Gifted Support Services Worker Marilyn Lutz, Greenville High School Principal Jeff Cassell and Cindy Koontz. Supt. Fries also gave a moment of silence in memory of Intervention Specialist Tammy Fisher. He also extended thoughts for healing to staff who have been ill.
“I want everyone to have a memorable summer,” he said. “I hope you get time to relax and spend time with people that mean a lot to you. Hopefully you will do things you enjoy and take some time for yourselves.”
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