This year's 11 retirees have a combined 235 years of service to the Bald Eagle Area School District.
On May 14, the 22nd annual Recognition and Retirement Banquet was held at the middle and high school to honor the 2017-18 retirees. The event gives administrators the opportunity to recognize the individuals for their longtime service to the district.
This school year’s retirees are:
-Martha Chambers, access coordinator, 25 years of service;
-Dorothy Eminhizer, food service, 13 years of service;
-Randy Greene, facilities manager, 15 years of service;
-Ron Hoover, sixth-grade teacher, 35 years of service;
-Marcia Horton, ISS/AEP assistant, 14 years of service;
-Trilby Mayes, food service, 19 years of service;
-Juanita Rhodes, personal care assistant, 13 years of service;
-Ruth Rhodes, district health assistant, 35 years of service;
-Margie Richner, main office secretary, 26 years of service;
-Jan Sawarynski, reading interventionist; 14 years of service;
-Holly Yearick, main office secretary, 26 years of service.
Ruth Rhodes was also the recipient of the Carolyn D. Connelly Award for her devotion to students.
“That’s the key to giving it out – that devotion to students,” said Wingate Elementary School Principal Jim Orichosky who presented the award. “(Ruth) has shown a devotion to students above and beyond and then even a little more, and it is my pleasure to give this to a person who I consider a good friend of mine.”
In a letter of commendation about Ruth Rhodes, it said: “You always took the time needed to make sure all students felt secure and safe not only working with you, but with any student throughout the school. Students always knew they could count on 'Mrs. Rose' (a child’s mispronunciation of 'Rhodes'). … There is no one in the district who understands connections with students and staff better than you. Relationships are the key to any employee in a school and there is no one who has made more positive connections than you Mrs. Rhodes.”
The middle and high school will also be bidding farewell to its longtime main office secretaries, Richner and Yearick, who work together in the same office.
Hoover, a middle school teacher, was also recognized earlier in May as a Teacher of the Year by State College Magazine. He retires this year after 35 years in the district.
In a letter of commendation about Hoover, it said: “Since the start of the 2011-12 school year, the Bald Eagle Area Middle and High School, faculty, staff and students have been blessed to have you as part of the family. Ron, few have the enthusiasm, passion and devotion for their job that you display. We wish you nothing but the best in your retirement and hope that you enjoy the additional time you will be able to spend with your many children and wife Molly. I know that the 'Legend of the Hoov' will continue to grow on local sports fields and at BEA.”