COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many Columbia City High School graduates are familiar with long-time teachers and administrators, one of the most veteran employees of Whitley County Consolidated Schools works behind the scenes.
When it comes to WCCS, Carol Heinold has been in charge of school lunches since the district began in 1990.
Heinold, food services director, is planning to retire in early April, and the WCCS school board and administrators said she will be missed.
â€śWe want to thank you for your dedication and hard work,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor.
â€śHer position is much more complex than we realize, and I never have to worry that the job is done right â€” she makes it look easy.â€ť
While Heinold doesnâ€™t spend a lot of time preparing the schoolâ€™s food, she does all the behind-the-scenes work of ordering food, balancing the budget and meeting state and national requirements for school lunches.
â€śThe past few years have been especially challenging as regulations and changes have come our way from the government,â€ť Heinold said.
Despite the challenges, officials praised Heinold for continuing to provide quality school lunches to students and faculty.
Heinold began working for Columbia City High School in 1985, first as a teaching assistant and later as the cafeteria treasurer â€” leading her into her current position.
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