School division to bid farewell to 26 retirees

Shenandoah County Public Schools will say goodbye to 26 employees who have retired or will be retiring by the end of the summer.

Evelyn Linaburg, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for the school division, said a retirement reception was held in May and each person received a bell engraved with his or her name and years of service as a retirement gift. The bell is a reminder of the bells that would ring in the schools.

The list of retirees includes six custodians, six teachers, four paraprofessionals, two school counselors, three bus drivers, the supervisor of transportation, two food service workers, the technology support assistant and the school courier/textbook assistant.

Transportation Supervisors Martin Quigley, who is retiring in August after 10 years on the job, said it has been a “long, strange trip in public education.”

“I will have fond memories of how hard the transportation department worked to overcome critically low staffing to ensure that the students, families and the school staff received the safest and most efficient transportation services that could be provided,” he said. “The teamwork and dedication of the drivers, aides, technicians and office staff will always hold a special place in my memories.”

“I will pray for the continued success of this department as it works to provide safe, efficient services for the customers they support,” he added.

The following is a list of 2015-2016 retirees, as of Monday, with name, position, date of retirement and years of service:

• Celia D. Burke, food service worker, July 1, with 30 years of service
• Betsy H. Bushong, technology support specialist, July 1, with 33 years of service
• Jack A. Colvin, bus driver, July 1, with 35 years of service
• Robert A. Curry, teacher, July 1, with nine years of service
• Patricia D. Diachenko, teacher, July 1, with 34 years of service
• Ted Michael Fleming, custodian, Aug. 1, with 21 years of service
• Dianne M. Funkhouser, paraprofessional, Sept. 1, 2015, with 26 years of service
• Carol L. Henry, teacher, July 1, with 30 years of service
• Carol A. Johnson, paraprofessional, Aug. 31, with 20 years of service
• Alice F. Kenney, custodian, July 1, with 34 years of service
• Alma G. Lineweaver, custodian, July 1, with 12 years of service
• Jerry L. Mason, custodian, July 1, with six years of service
• Paul W. Miller, custodian, July 1, with 16 years of service
• Margaret J. Palmer, paraprofessional, July 1, 2015, with 25 years of service
• John A. Pearson, teacher, Oct. 1, 2015, with three years of service
• Martin J. Quigley, supervisor of transportation, Aug. 1, with 10 years of service
• Donna M. Rutz, bus driver, Sept. 1, 2015, with 30 years of service
• Susan L. Schuckman, school counselor, July 1, with 18 years of service
• Patricia A. Showman, food service worker, June 1, with 16 years of service
• Mari E. Sours, teacher, July 1, with 40 years of service
• Walter E. Stokes, bus driver, June 30, with 22 years of service
• Wayne P. Wakeman, custodian, July 1, with 21 years of service
• Rosemarie Ward, courier/textbook assistant, July 1, with 29 years of service
• Luther W. Wheat, school counselor, July 1, with 18 years of service
• Debra N. Whittle, paraprofessional, July 1, with 28 years of service
• Roger L. Wilkins, teacher, July 1, with 35 years of service

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com