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Gering schools raise tea cups to retirees
April 29, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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The Gering Public Schools will honor eight retiring staff members for their contributions to the school system and the community. The public is invited to attend the May 4 ceremony.

“Each year we celebrate and are a little sad to say goodbye to these staff members who are moving on to another stage of their lives,” said Gering Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings. “We have many people who have given so much time, and so many years to the students of Gering and to our community.”

Retiring this year are high school Spanish teacher Ligia Brittan, high school food service director Diane Coop, and Lincoln fifth grade teacher Beverly Hague.

Also retiring from the Gering Schools are Northfield sixth grade teacher Kathleen Kniss and special education teacher Judy Loyd. Cedar Canyon physical education teacher and junior high vocational teacher Chuck Richter will also retire, along with Geil physical education teacher Craig Schadwinkel and Robin Schadwinkel, a paraprofessional at the high school.

“We can never replace the years of experience these people have given us,” Hastings said. “We can find new staff members who will try to fill the role of those retiring, but they’re not able to fill their shoes. The relationships they’ve built with kids and their colleagues are so valuable. They will be missed.”

The retirement tea is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Gering High School cafeteria.
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