Adrian Public Schools Board of Education recognizes 14 district retirees

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ADRIAN — More than 300 combined years of educational service was recognized Monday by the Adrian Public Schools Board of Education.

Fourteen retirees were awarded certificates of appreciation and gift bags from the board. It was one of several special recognitions the board conducted at Monday’s meeting.

Seven of the 14 educators who have upcoming retirements from Adrian Public Schools were present Monday at the Adrian Board of Education meeting. Those in attendance include, from left, Phyllis Detwiler, teacher, 28 years; Jackie Torres, paraprofessional, 13 years; Carla Barricklow, teacher, 30 years; Jeff Condon, teacher, 27 years; Mary Kemerer, teacher, 25 years; Bob Behnke, superintendent, eight years; Adrian school board President Beth Ferguson who is not retiring; and Mike Perez, principal, 33 years.
Seven of the 14 educators who have upcoming retirements from Adrian Public Schools were present Monday at the Adrian Board of Education meeting. Those in attendance include, from left, Phyllis Detwiler, teacher, 28 years; Jackie Torres, paraprofessional, 13 years; Carla Barricklow, teacher, 30 years; Jeff Condon, teacher, 27 years; Mary Kemerer, teacher, 25 years; Bob Behnke, superintendent, eight years; Adrian school board President Beth Ferguson who is not retiring; and Mike Perez, principal, 33 years.

The retirees consisted of six educators, two paraprofessionals, two Head Start employees, one counselor, one superintendent, one principal and one administrative assistant. A reception for the retirees, their families and colleagues took place before the board meeting. The retirees honored at the meeting were:

  • Janet Frank, high school counselor, 32 years.

  • Sherrie Wiedyk, instructional coach, 25.5 years.

  • Jackie Torres, paraprofessional, 13 years.

  • Janet Melton, paraprofessional, 12 years.

  • Carla Barricklow, teacher, 30 years.

  • Phyllis Detwiler, teacher, 28 years.

  • Jeff Condon, teacher, 27 years.

  • Mary Kemerer, teacher, 25 years.

  • Jill Walsh, teacher, 25 years.

  • Linda Ballard, Head Start clerk, 18 years.

  • Pamela Winter, Head Start manager, 28 years.

  • Denise DeCatur, administrative assistant, eight years.

  • Bob Behnke, superintendent, eight years.

  • Mike Perez, principal, 33 years.

Collectively, the retiring individuals served Adrian students, families and the community for a total of 312.5 years, Superintendent Nate Parker said.

Barricklow’s retirement was approved by the board later in the meeting, effective June 3.

“We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the important contributions you have made over your years of dedicated service,” Parker said. “You have furthered the excellence that exemplifies Adrian Public Schools. We recognize the wisdom and experience that you have provided to our schools and students. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from you as colleagues, students, parents and community members. We wish you well as you take on this new adventure.”

The retirees were also thanked and congratulated for their service to education by board of education members. Trustee Michael Ballard said there are still several educators during his time as a student that he thinks of fondly and remembers as role models. Educators, he said, leave a legacy that carries on through their students.

“That is your legacy and you all have earned it,” he said. “There will be at least somebody, a student, who is going to remember your name and your service to education.”

Other special recognitions conducted by the board included recognizing Adrian High School sophomore swimmer Haydn Gould, who took all-state honors March 12 and placed in the top 10 in another event at the Division 3 prep boys swimming state championships in Grand Rapids; Adrian High School’s yearbook group, which was selected for a national award by Jostens, which prints yearbooks and makes other school memorabilia, for the group’s “excellence in layout and photography”; several Springbrook Middle School seventh and eighth grade students who achieved ratings of either 1 or 2 during the state band and orchestra solo and ensemble competition this spring; and the district’s Outstanding Citizens/Students of the Month.

Samantha Espinoza, Alexander; Masen Stites from Lincoln Elementary School; Willow Barden from Prairie Elementary School; and Ariana Valenzuela Gutierrez from Michener Elementary School were the elementary students recognized by the board. Spencer Prewo was the outstanding citizen for Springbrook, and senior Sean Leonard was the high school’s outstanding student of the month.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Adrian school board recognizes 14 retirees