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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Article Date: 
13 May, 2011 (All day)


A surprising number of Morgan School District employees are going to join the ranks of the retired this year.  Ten of our stalwart members have decided it’s time to move on to future endeavors and adventures.

Have you ever had to say goodbye to a dear friend knowing that you may never see them again?  It is often a painful and tearful experience. While we hope to see them around town on occasion, we won’t be associating with them on a regular basis. Not only will their personalities be missed, but their experience, skill and knowledge will also leave a void.

It’s hard to imagine our elementary schools without Lynne London, Claudia Davis, Jeneen Gardner, Patty Taylor, and Evelyn Stevens.  These ladies have devoted their time and talents to our children for decades.  In fact, they have taught some of our younger staff members while they were in school!  I’m certain that many of our readers have also had the privilege of having them as teachers as well. You cannot place a monetary value on their goodness.  They have touched hundreds of lives for the better.  Their kindness and devotion will impact generations yet unborn.

Most of us take it for granted when students arrive at school each day their building will be open, the parking lots cleaned of snow, the buses running on time, and that a hot meal is being prepared in the school kitchen.  These expectations have been met by hard working and trusted members of the support staff.  Keith Ralphs, Ray Giles, Gloria Wood, and Marilyn Durrant are also saying goodbye this year.  The school environment has been made safer and more convenient thanks to their efforts. 

While the process of selecting their replacements has begun, no one can ever take their place in terms of unique personalities.  Each of these retirees are loved and appreciated by the students, staff, administration, school board and community.  

Their combined years in public education surpass 256 years! These wonderful people were recognized at a banquet held in their honor on May 9, at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn.  There’s really no way to adequately thank these dedicated employees for their years of service to the children of Morgan County.  

Perhaps their selfless service and dedication to the lives of children is best said by Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have been able to see further than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.”