Old guard leaving behind education for retirement
If it wasn't enough that the evening of May 7 brought a new superintendent to Carbon School District, at the same time much of the old guard of the organizations were honored at a retirement dinner that night.
Topping the list was Patsy Bueno, who as superintendent the last four years has done what Carbon School District board president Barry Deeter called "healing us in a time of need." Bueno has spent 38 years working in the district, beginning as a secretary and working through the ranks to become the leader of the organization.She will be parting ways with the district sometime this month, but will continue on part time in a consulting role through June to help George Park, the new supertendent.
Other administrative staff who were honored that evening were Pat Frandsen, who has served in education over 33 years and has been the special education supervisor for the district, and Mike O'Shea, the present elementary supervisor who taught and was a principal for 24 years. Also retiring from the district office is Kristen Taylor, the secondary language arts specialist who has worked for Carbon for 25 years.
Along with them, Scott Robertson will be also leaving his post as transportation supervisor, which he has held for the last four years. He has worked for the district for 24 years.
Teachers in the district who are retiring are:
*Connie Hamilton, with 39 years of service at Sally Mauro, Wellington and Castle Heights;
*Traci Harmon, who has been with the district since 1982 at Price Elementary, Sally Mauro, Mont Harmon and Castle Heights;\
*Norma Townsend, who has been special education counselor at Carbon High and taught at East Carbon High;
*Julie Jorgensen, who has spent 30 years with the district at Helper Junior High and Carbon High;
*Joni Krompel, a math teacher at Carbon High for 32 years;
*Terry Bikakis, who has taught at Mont Harmon for 39 years;
*Madelaine Nyffeler, an English teacher at Mont Harmon for the last 21 years.
*Also retiring from the Lighthouse, Deanna Sweet, has 36 years years in education with 24 years in Carbon.
The classified ranks are also losing some valuable employees including;
*Kriss Larsen, the lunch manager at Wellington Elementary with over 33 years of service;
*Charlene Hanson, who has worked in child nutrition for 23 years at Wellington Elementary, Carbon High and Creekview;
*Toni Sacco, who is the lunch manager at Bruin Point Elementary and has spent 21 years between it and Petersen Elementary;
*Cindy Pero, who has been a secretary at Carbon High for 20 years.
"There are a lot of people leaving that have been instrumental in the district operations," said Bueno the morning after the dinner. "It will be difficult for the new administration to fill all those shoes and to lose their valuable experience."