A collective 884 years of service and legacies is being left behind as Dorchester District Two bids farewell to 40 retiring employees.
On May 22 DD2 held a ceremony at Summerville High School recognizing the retirees, mentioning their notable achievements and contributions to the district and saying goodbye although Superintendent Joe Pye is hopeful this is not the final goodbye to these former employees.
It bothers me to say goodbye this time of the year, he said. But hopefully its not goodbye.
Retirees were individually invited to cross the stage in Summerville Highs auditorium, collect a gift from the district and hear a brief description of what they brought to DD2 and what their plans are for retirement.
Some say they will be painting and writing, some plan to volunteer, some will be spending time with their children and grandchildren, but all will be embracing this new chapter in their lives.
Its not a sad time its a glad time youve earned it, Pye told retirees. Many milestones have passed and now its your turn.
The list of those retiring from the district are as follows:
Susan Maylene Alejandro Ashley Ridge High
Debra Baker District office
Barbara Bates Summerville High
Judy Bennett Newington Elementary
Tamara Bertram Summerville Elementary
Pamela Heath Christ Summerville Elementary
Cherry Shaw Farthing Summerville Elementary
Nevilee Gardner Newington Elementary
Ann Stone Hall Flowertown Elementary
Emily Hassell Summerville Elementary
Lisa H. Hinton Summerville Elementary
Linda Louise Howard Givhans Alternative Program
Karen Huffman Fort Dorchester High
Joann Green Jones Summerville Elementary
Deborah Jordan Summerville Elementary
Otis King Summerville High
Regina Legette DuBose Middle
Herthenia Lincoln Ashley Ridge High
Roger Linder River Oak Middle
Eleanor Manneraak Flowertown Elementary
Christine McLean Fort Dorchester High
Joan Marie Mott Fort Dorchester Elementary
Deborah Westbrook Neal Fort Dorchester High
Susan Clevenger Overstreet Ashley Ridge High
Gwendolyn Ulmer Peeples Newington Elementary
Beverly M. Riley Newington Elementary
Virginia R. Saldana Beech Hill Elementary
Gerald W. Scott Summerville High
Julia Campbell-Smith Adult Education
Leanthony Smith William Reeves Elementary
Sharan D. Smith Spann Elementary
Karen Rowell Spilliane District office
Jacqueline Villinger Knightsville Elementary
Jane Regan Windham Ashley Ridge High
Cheryl E. Wright Fort Dorchester High