Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2004

2 longtime teachers retiring at end of year

May 6, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood School District will lose nearly seven decades of teaching experience when two educators retire at the end of the school year.

Art Wells, a science, biology and chemistry teacher at Basehor-Linwood High School for 35 years, announced he would retire at year's end. Wells was recently named the Kansas Veterans of Foreign Wars teacher of the year for the high school division.

He joins Ellen Filippi, a teacher of 32 years at Basehor Elementary School, in saying goodbye to the school district.

Both teachers will be honored for their service to Basehor-Linwood Monday, May 10 in a presentation during the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting.

School officials have been aware throughout the year that Filippi would retire at year's end. Officials from Basehor-Linwood High School announced Wells' retirement this week.

During his teaching tenure at the high school, Wells has also coached wrestling and football and has sponsored club activities such science club, science olympiad and science knowledge bowl.

Colleagues of Wells are compiling a scrapbook for him and ask that former students, friends and community members contribute letters, photos, cards or any other mementos.

They should be sent by May 21 to Basehor-Linwood High School, 2108 N.155TH Street, P.O. Box 255.

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