TCSS Hosts Reception for School System Retirees – LaGrange Daily News

Goodbye 9 to 5 and hello seven-day weekends.

The Troup County school system celebrated the decades of service of 44 school system staff Tuesday night.

At a celebration at the Del’vant, retired teachers, custodial workers and transportation workers were thanked for their more than 1,000 years of combined work for the school system.

Guest speakers included Mayor Jim Thornton, Troup County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Crews and Troup County School Board Chair Cathy Hunt, each of whom gave humorous anecdotes about what s expect with retirement.

“This summer will be like any other summer, although there will be no workshops on the calendar, and when the 4th of July passes, you will not start looking at how many days are left on the calendar. “, Hunt, a former teacher, said.

A snippet of each retiree’s post-retirement plans was relayed as they made their big outings.

Educators like Nicole Kennedy, who worked for the school system’s administrative services center and has 23 years of experience in education, are still continuing their role in quieter capacities.

“I really tried this year to reach out to new teachers and teach them the many benefits of long-term teaching,” she said.

Kennedy said she still plans to continue her role as “Mama Jama” with the school system’s Jungle Bus bookmobile in the permitted capacity.

Lynn Short, vice-principal at Callaway High School, officially retired in January, but continued to work under contract with the school system. She said she was thrilled to retire, but after nearly 30 years in the education field, it’s hard to walk away completely. Short’s 25+ year career was at TCSS.

“It’s different,” Short said. “I find myself going back to school to see children [at] their programs and others. I miss them very much. I intend to continue doing something in education, maybe part time.

Short’s retirement goals include improving his golf game and socializing his one-year-old Labordoodle.

While honoring retirees, the school system also honored Mark Veon, a teacher at Troup High School who died earlier in May. Veon had 26 years of experience in education.

Jeremy S. McLain