Mercer County Schools Honors RetireesĀ 

PRINCETON, WV, May 31, 2016:   In a banquet tonight at the Chuck Mathena Center, Mercer County Schools honored the 2016 retirees.  These individuals represent another large retirement class.  Since this time last year, 64 individuals – 40 professional and 24 service - have retired from our classrooms, hallways, buses, kitchens, offices, and maintenance shops.  Collectively, they have given over 1,648.7 years of service to Mercer County Schools.  Of those present this evening, Mr. Garry Taylor is credited with the most professional years of service, 42 years.  The second individual with the most years - thirty-nine (39) – is service employee, Michael Tilley.     For the evening, Mr. Rick Ball, Assistant Superintendent, served as Master of Ceremonies.  Mr. Todd Browning, Director of Special Education, and Mrs. Angela Groseclose, Secondary Supervisor, read narratives illustrating highlights for each retiree present.   Prior to awarding each retiree, in attendance, with a small token of appreciation for his or her years of service, Dr. Deborah Akers addressed the attendees.  She said, “For most of you this evening, you have said that you hope to define retirement in the months and years ahead with traveling, spending time with family, or babysitting grandchildren.  In reality, it doesn’t really matter how the dictionary defines “retirement” because you now will be able to write your own definition based on your hopes, your dreams.”
This event would not be possible without the support of local sponsors.  To make this evening a success, the following businesses made donations:  AAA Paving and Sealing, Inc., American Electric Power, Bluefield Office Products, Douglas Equipment, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., Hearthside Books, Komax Business Systems, Lowe’s of Princeton, Main Street Builders, Multi-Fresh, Inc., Ramey Ford, Spartan Sporting Goods, Inc. Stafford Consultants, Swope Construction Company, and Western Branch Diesel.  
Garry Taylor - Most Tenured Retiree
The following individuals represent a listing of Mercer County Schools’ retirees:  Alternative Learning Center: Rhonda G. Dunford, Brenda I. Sigmon; Athens Elementary: Phoebe A. Meadows, Robert G. Ofsa; Bluefield High School: CSM James C. Baylor, Joseph A. Nigro, Dennis J. Sabo, Frances G. Shaffron; Bluefield Intermediate: Barbara J. Addair, Pamela F. Miller, Joyce A. Pruitt, Linda L. Richards, Karen S. Sowder; Bluewell School: Jane Miles Wolkoff, David G. Williams; Brushfork School: Gail D. Gregory, Deanna C. Morris; Central Office: Dreama L. Bromfield, Thomas R. Chaffins, William H. Massaro, Barbara J. Murphy, Garry J. Taylor, Rebecca B. West; Ceres School: Greg Sowder; Glenwood School: Karen A. Walkup; Lashmeet/Matoaka School: Patricia A. Davis, Teresa K. Midkiff, Brenda D. Raymond, Deborah C. Six; Maintenance Department: F. David Carden, John W. Pendleton, Mark T. Sigmon; Melrose School: Ernestine Battlo, Betty T. Furrow; Mercer County Early Learning Center-Bluefield: Connie S. Carroll; Mercer County Technical Center: Linda G. Cox; Mercer Elementary: Deborah B. Neal; Montcalm Elementary School: Ruby A. East; Montcalm High School: Karen R. Rutherford; PikeView High School: Enola R. Foust, Jesse R. Lester, Jr., Tammy K. Pearson; PikeView Middle School: Ellen M. Donahue, Daniel P. Stadvec, Michael W. Tilley, Jr.; Princeton High School: Maribeth H. Dockery, Judy Foster Holland; Princeton Middle School: Connie S. Branch, Linda Sue Cooper, Kathleen C. Duncan, Bonnie C. Roberts; Princeton Primary School: Debra S. Hubbard, Carolyn J. Mills; Straley School: Rhonda M. Hearld; Sun Valley School: Marsha J. Belcher; Transportation Department: Jacqueline Bailey, Johnnie C. Clower, Jr., Alma J. White; Whitethorn Primary School: Marsha J. Dyson, Gregory R. Furrow, Henry Pitcher, Bruce S. Sigmon.