Longtime school district employee leaving
Asked what she would miss about Judy George leaving the Lake Tahoe Unified School district office, one person said the noise.
“She’s nuts,” said desk mate Mickie Ovrid. “When she goes on vacation it’s so quiet around here and people keep asking, ‘Where’s Jude? Where’s Jude?'”
After 31 years living at Lake Tahoe and 18 working at LTUSD, George is leaving the basin to live with her fiancee in Escalon, a town of 5,000 near Modesto.
George, an assistant to Chief Financial Officer Diane Head, has been through about five superintendents and three business bosses. She’s seen almost every fireworks show in the basin since 1972.
“I’m really excited on one hand. And then I have this other emotion of sadness because I’m going to miss so many friends,” George said.
“I love it, you go into Raley’s (Supermarkets and Drug Centers) and you know the checker.”
George moved to Tahoe from Modesto after high school to live with her sister. When she moved, the “Y” was covered with trees, not strip malls.
She has worked at Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and a building consultant.
A desire to return to work in the public service arena catapulted her at the school district in the special education division.
Ovrid, who has shared the same desk with George, said the two would listen to games on the radio, splitting the winnings if either one of them won. Ovrid plans to turn the radio more toward herself in case George’s replacement doesn’t like classic rock.
Lisa Huard, another district employee, said “Charlotte” may miss George the most. “Charlotte” is George’s chair, which would be hidden or held ransom for “family fun,” Huard said.
George is moving to Escalon this weekend but she will still have Tahoe ties. Her house is being rented to a friend and her son Matt is on the wall of fame at South Tahoe High School’s gym. Matt George has a school record for interceptions.
Escalon’s school district has about 3,000 students. George has her eye on being an administrative secretary to the superintendent, a position that opened this week.
While hesitant to leave, George is surprised a visit at her sister’s place turned into a three decade-long affair.
“I just never thought I would stay here this long,” she said. “It’s just amazing to me to think I’m leaving.”
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