CAROLYN WISE, Kingswood Regional Middle School Guidance Counselor, was congratulated by Middle School Principal Rusty Ross for her 30 years of service to the district during a retirement reception on June 4 in the Skylight Dining Room. (click for larger version)
June 07, 2012WOLFEBORO — The Governor Wentworth Regional School District's June 4 retirement reception was a bittersweet occasion as 10 teachers and their colleagues gathered to say good bye and offer gratitude for their many years of service.
The reception began in the newly-completed lobby of the Lakes Region Technical School with several elegant spreads of hor'doeuvres prepared and served by culinary arts students.
Superintendent Jack Robertson and members of the school board lined up in the Lakes Region Technology Center's Skylight Dining room to offer gifts, hugs and handshakes following individual comments from principals as each retiree took a turn standing and facing their beaming and sometimes tearful compatriots.
Kingswood Middle School Principal Rusty Ross bid a fond adieu to Guidance Counselor Carolyn Wise, the retiree with the longest record of employment with the district, 30 years, and library/media assistant Nancy McLeod, who is leaving after 17 years.
Most of the departures were among elementary school employees. Carpenter School is losing first grade teacher Maureen Bowers and third grade teacher Gay Edmunds, who have taught there for 23 and 28 years respectively.
New Durham Central School teachers Jill Duffield and Mary Yates are completing stints of 22 and 25 years respectively. Duffield taught sixth grade for a number of years and served as a reading instructor as well. Most recently, Yates taught Grade 4.
Tuftonboro Central School is losing sixth grade teacher Janet McLetchie, who has taught at the school for 22 years. She was joined by George Noyes, member of the media/technical support staff and district employee for 19 years.
High school math teacher Francis Marchand and his wife, Mary, who provided support services for six years at Effingham Elementary School are also retiring this year and both received warm wishes from their principals.