Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2008

B-L school district bids fond farewell to 8 retirees

May 15, 2008

Some have been with the Basehor-Linwood school district for more than 30 years, while others have spent just a few, but all of the employees wrapping up their last days in the district and heading for retirement have made their own unique contribution.

The Basehor-Linwood central office staff hosted a reception for the eight district employees that will retire at the end of the school year Monday afternoon. Superintendent Bob Albers compared their send off to the classes that have graduated from Basehor-Linwood High School.

"This is sort of like saying goodbye to the senior class," Albers said. "We thank them for their years of service. They've given a lot of talent and time to our district and to our students."

Teachers Linda Lynn, Bev Riley, Janice Walker and Karen Liljestrand have had the lengthiest stays in the district among this year's group of retirees.

Lynn, a fourth-grade teacher at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, has been with the district since 1984 and started out as a third-grade teacher at Basehor Elementary School. She said her husband would also be retiring from his job this year so they could spend the majority of their time traveling together to visit their children and grandchildren.

"I've loved the profession and I still love it," she said.

Riley has been in education for 39 years and spent 27 of them in Basehor-Linwood. She has taught several different grades, the most recent being kindergarten at Linwood Elementary School. She said that time flies when you're having fun and her time in the district has been fun. While she said she'd enjoy retirement, she plans to continue working with children.

"I'll probably sub and volunteer, play with my granddaughter and drive around in my antique red Corvette," she said.

The 30 years that Walker has spent in the district have flown by, she said. She started out as a third-grade teacher, but has spent the last 13 years as the librarian at BES and GRES.

While she's not sure what she'll do in retirement, she said she will most likely work again since she took early retirement and will of course miss the children she's worked with.

"I've just really enjoyed my time here," she said.

Known for her ferrets, bears and love for Kansas University, Liljestrand is retiring from the district after 33 years. The first-grade teacher at BES said she's excited to move back to her hometown of Lindsborg to be with her family.

"I haven't been back with my mom since I was 18," she said. "Right now I'm just totally consumed with family."

Albers revealed that Liljestrand has always wanted to learn how to fly a plane, ride in a hot air balloon and skydive. She said she might just try some of those activities as well as travel a bit in retirement.

"I'm going to do the hot air balloon for sure," she said. "Maybe the skydiving."

The other four employees retiring from the district at the end of the school year include Phil Hutchinson, food service, Deanna Hutchinson, FastForword assistant, Rod Herrs, Basehor-Linwood Middle School counselor and LeRoy Scharnhorst, Basehor-Linwood High School math and science teacher.

Albers spoke a few words about each retiree and presented them with a clock with their years of service engraved on it as a departing gift from the district.

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