21 Lowell schools staffers retiring

2014-03-28T18:55:00Z 2014-03-28T22:53:23Z 21 Lowell schools staffers retiringMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 28, 2014 6:55 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek School Board recently accepted retirement resignations from several teachers and other personnel.

One administrator, 10 teachers, five support staff and five bus personnel will retire at the end of the school year.

"This number of retirees in one year will not negatively impact the pension fund as it is fully funded," said Dana Bogathy, Tri-Creek business manager. She said the value of their experience, however, will be felt.

Lowell High language arts teacher Mary Cusic, who has led many initiatives and events at the school, will retire at the end of this school year as will Kathleen Nelson.

Nelson is the longtime ICE coordinator and business teacher.

Lowell Middle School art teacher Sherry Stout will retire as will English teacher Carol Jones and social studies teacher Mary Ellen Vaandrager.

Oak Hill Elementary School will lose four teachers to retirement. They are Evan Berkey, David Lilly, Audrey Retzlaff and Patrcia Larsen. Lake Prairie music teacher Gary Stout also will retire at the end of the school year.

Human resources specialist Mary Jo Zatorski is retiring, as are school secretaries Mary Dewes and Lynn Rigby.

The School Board accepted the retirement resignation of longtime district bus mechanic James Wren last week, too.

Earlier, the board accepted Lynne Haberlin's retirment resignation. She is director of innovations in learning, curriculum and instruction.

Bogathy said the combined years of experience of those retiring at the end of the year totals 631 years.

Also, the board approved the reappointment of Gerold Stout to the Lowell Public Library Board for a term that will end in March 2018.

A number of donations to support the Lowell High School Future Farmers of America program were accepted. Bruce Farms donated $600, and Herr Farms donated $500. Sutton Tile & Trenching gave $200, and Niemeyer Auction gave $100. Other donations totaling $260 were accepted by the board.

Two donations of $500 each to Oak Hill Elementary were accepted from Hawthorne Arbor Gleaners and Lowell Mobil.

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