Dallas loses 125 years' experience as four retire
DALLAS -- Two last-minute letters to Dallas School Superintendent Dave Novotney came as a surprise to many who remained at Monday's board meeting at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High.
Those letters were from Barbara Chaney and Kathy Voves, both members of the Dallas faculty for 33 years.
Their retirements joined those of Art Fox, a 32-year member of Dallas faculty and Charlotte Lough with 27 years as a Dallas teacher.
District personnel director Christy Perry cited each of the retirees for their contributions to the schools and community.
Chaney was seen as a cheerleader for Lyle Elementary where she has taught during her entire tenure at Dallas. "She is a caring educator who always goes the extra mile for students," Perry noted. She will continue teaching through the end of the year.
Voves has taught and coached at Academy Junior High and Dallas High School.
It was noted that an administrator at another school said, "Anything Kathy Voves touches turns to gold." For those who have seen her work with student leadership programs and athletics it surely seems the case. She was cited as the Dallas Educator of the Year in 1999.
Fox has spent his entire career at Whitworth Elementary where he has been a counselor since 1976 and taught fourth and fifth grades before then. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing a counseling curriculum in the schools. In addition he is a stalwart participant in community activities such as Christmas Cheer.
Lough has been a teacher at Oakdale Heights Elementary since 1988. Twice nominated by her students for "Who's Who Among American Teachers," she received the 2001 WalMart Teacher of the Year award. She has taught third through seventh grades at Academy, Whitworth and Oakdale during her career.
Before joining the Dallas faculty she taught for a year at Cottage Grove and two years at Valsetz.
Central also sees exodus
INDEPENDENCE -- A number of familiar faces will be gone next year as more teachers and administrators retire from the Central School District.
Kathleen O'Reilly and Judy Powers from Henry Hill Elementary, Gilbert Gabaldon from Central High, Linda Jobe from Talmadge Middle School and Marti Lushenko from Monmouth Elementary have tendered their retirements.
Central Business Manager Jim Pate has resigned effective Jan. 1 and Special Programs Director Galen Harms will leave at the end of June. Pate will work part-time, on call through the remainder of the year, on an individual contract.
The five teachers collectively represent 124 years teaching children who live in Monmouth and Independence. Harms has been with the district since 1978 and Pate since 1999.