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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Monday evening the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees hosted a reception recognizing employees with collectively more than 412 years of service to Whitley County Schools who are retiring at the end of this school year.
The 17 retiring employees include seven classroom teachers who, as a group, have accumulated over 226 total years in the classroom, averaging over 32 years of service apiece.
The honorees included food service, custodial workers, an administrator as well as the classroom teachers.
Those honored at the reception and then later with plaques presented at the board meeting included teachers Robert Lotter, who had 18 years in the Credit Recovery Program; Clay Geiger, who accumulated 38 years of service as a mathematics teacher at Indian Springs Middle School and Rebecca Walter, who has 30 years of experience as a music teacher at Coesse and Mary Raber Elementary. Other teachers retiring are Margaret Taylor, a 42 year veteran teacher at Coesse; Jann Johnson, with 26 years experience; Monta Moore, with 30 and a half years experience as a kindergarten teacher at Mary Raber Elementary, and Wayne Kreiger, who has taught Business at Columbia City High School for 42 years.
Food Service workers who are retiring include Nancy Schwartz, a veteran with 17 years experience, Bonnie Hile, a food service assistant with 11 years service at Indian Springs Middle School, Deb Hilligoss, a 15 year veteran at Little Turtle Elementary, Leona Walker who amassed 27 years of service at Mary Raber, and Mary Branning, who has 23 years of service at Mary Raber.
Retiring custodial staff included Bob Burman, Head Custodian at CCHS, and Betty Cox with 10 and a half years experience. Cindy Hart with 25 years as a receptionist at CCHS, Phillip Fry, a guidance counselor at CCHS for 20 years, and 26-year principal at Northern Heights Elementary Robert Hoke.