OSWEGO – The Oswego City School District said goodbye Tuesday night to more than 535 years’ of experience.
The school board recognized the district employees who are retiring at the end of this school year.
They were each congratulated by Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey and board president Aimee Callen.
Following the presentation of certificates, the retirees were treated to light refreshments and congratulations from friends and family in the audience.
The District Clerk read the resolution:
“Whereas, the following employees have served the students and staff of this school district to the present and have been the most responsible, conscientious, and dedicated staff members in service to the school district; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the members of the Board of Education of the Oswego City School District hereby acknowledge the faithful service of the following employees accepting their resignation for the purpose of retirement, and we express our grateful appreciation to them.”
The retirees include:
Robert Andres (Transportation) School Bus Driver – 15 years
Carol Carroll (FPS) Elementary Teacher/Literacy Specialist – 26 years
Joan Dain (KPS) Literacy Specialist – 26 years
Gregory Geers (Warehouse) Senior Maintenance Worker – 35 years
Kris Johnston Incarcerated Youth Teacher – 11 years
Janet Knight (MIN) AIS/RTIM/Reading Teacher – 40 years
Lee Laurion (OHS) Mathematics Teacher – 30 years
Deborah Lavner (FLS) Physical Education Teacher – 32 Years
James Liccardi (TRA) School Bus Driver – 2.5 years
Christine Marsh (TRA) School Bus Driver – 30 years
Sharon McCoy (WHS) Typist – 40 years
Anna Marie Natoli (EDC) Typist – 22 years
Russell Partridge (OHS) Special Education Teacher – 28 years
Mary Ann Pettie (FLS) Cook – 20 years
Mary Schickling (FPS) Elementary Teacher – 34 Years
Lisa Shannon (OMS) Physical Education Teacher – 20 years
Jo Ellen Smith (EDC) Senior Account Clerk – 21 years
Roger Sprague (KPS) Elementary Teacher – 24 years
Sharon Vollmer (OHS) Typist – 32 years
Barbara Wheeler (OHS) Assistant Principal – 17 years
Laurie Yule (KPS) Art Teacher – 32 Years
“A few years ago, we started doing a retiree appreciation ceremony in June for all of the district retirees. An invitation was sent out to all the employees who would be retiring in the coming weeks,” Dr. Goewey said. “This year, I think we’re doing a better job of recognizing our employees. We have a great appreciation for the service of our staff and teachers.”
Sprague, also president of the Oswego Classroom Teachers’ Association, said he enjoyed his time as an elementary teacher, mostly at Kingsford Park. But, there comes a time when you know it’s time to move on, he acquiesced.
“I enjoyed going to work every day,” he said. “I touched a lot of young lives in a positive way, I hope. I’m going to miss it; I’m going to miss the people – the staff and all the students. There are a lot of good people retiring tonight.”