Almost a millennium of educational experience is going to disappear from the school district next year.
The Lake Tahoe Unified School District honored 32 retirees at Tuesday’s board meeting who together have 831 years of collective service in local schools.
Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation President Nancy Rollston led the reception to celebrate the teachers, principals, custodians and bus drivers who have worked in the district, some for almost four decades.
“Another important part of the foundation’s goal is to recognize the staff members of LTUSD that teach, feed, care for and transport our students. Our students couldn’t be successful without the combined talents of all these people,” Rollston said Tuesday.
Among the retirees at Tuesday’s ceremony included Susan Baker, former principal of Mount Tallac High School, longtime music teachers J.J. Clause and Linda Kurek and Custodial Supervisor Romeo Alaoen, who started work with the district 36 years ago.
“I think we need a round of applause. Thank you for the many years of service you’ve given to LTUSD,” Rollston said.
Even as LTUSD bid goodbye to the retirees, it moved forward with three new hires to further programs such as South Tahoe High School’s sports medicine curriculum, according to Superintendent James Tarwater.
The school’s $5.2 million Sports Medicine building is slated to open in August, and will include specialized equipment and a hydrotherapy pool for students seeking a physical therapy license or who want to augment the traditional core curriculum. Isaiah Tannaci was hired to coordinate the program, according to a LTUSD release.
The district confirmed the hire of Cindy Martinez as the interim principal at Bijou Community School Tuesday night. Bijou’s Two-way Bilingual Language Immersion program will expand to the middle school next year. The program combines English and Spanish speakers in the same classroom to promote biliteracy.
Tahoe Valley Elementary School Principal Mark Romagnolo is another faculty member retiring this year. The district will look to replace Romagnolo with a principal who can develop a performing arts program for the elementary school by the 2014-15 school year.