Several recently retired school employees were thanked for their years of service at the School Board meeting Monday night. Each received a personal “thank you” and a plaque from Superintendent Alison Hughes.
Hughes said, “We certainly appreciate all the blood, sweat and tears you put in during your service. We are always family and you are always welcome at the board office or at any school. I hope you’ll come back for a visit and perhaps as a volunteer.”
Hughes introduced Peggy Bailey. She retired as a cafeteria worker at Red River Elementary. Bailey said, “I enjoyed working for yall. And I’m gonna miss you but it will be alright.”
Judy Cannon was introduced. Hughes thanked her “for years of service at the elementary school where she made sure all student information was correct. Then you moved up to the school board office.”
Next to be presented was Major Thomas Edwards (USAF Retired). Hughes said, “Thank you for all your work. I appreciated the way you worked with the Junior ROTC Program.” Edwards said it was his second time to retire from Red River Parish. “I enjoyed both times,” he said. Edwards added, “I learned a lot in special ed as a disciplinarian and also in JROTC. I’ll be back for football games and for a visit.”
Hughes noted that Laura Morgan “spent many years in the classroom first at the elementary school and then transitioning over to the Ware Youth Center.” Morgan remarked, “I went kicking and screaming (to Ware) but never say never. I regret I did not start there at a younger age. I experienced a lifetime outpouring of care from the youth and employees that I will cherish forever.”
The other retired employee highlighted was Cecil Wood. Hughes said he lives out of this area so his plaque will be sent to him.