A festive crowd filled the Spring Valley Ballroom of the Hotel Pattee Wednesday afternoon to show their gratitude to a baker’s dozen of the Perry school system’s teachers, administrators and staff persons.
With the reception line stretching far out into the hotel’s Howard Ahmanson lobby, the 13 retirees greeted friends and well wishers for more than an hour before Perry School Board President Kyle Baxter called the room to order and started the brief ceremonies.
After a few words, Baxter presented the retirees with plaques reading, “In appreciation for” their many years “of outstanding service.”
Retirees include Damon Adair (33 years), Kaye Adair (27 years), Rose Anderson (15 years), Gary Czerniakowski (11 years), Kathleen Lipovac (22 years), David Loyd (21 years), Jolene Niemeyer (41 years), Roger Niemeyer (29 years), Laura Painter (26 years), Catherine Petersen (33 years), James Richmond (27 years), Carolyn Sheehy (28 years) and Lynn Ubben (eight years).
Retiring Perry Community School District Superintendent Lynn Ubben was joined at the reception by her mother, Marcy Ubben, from eastern Iowa.
“I never tire of saying it: Perry has a great school system,” Ubben said, “and I’m happy that Gary and I will be living here going forward.”
ThePerryNews gave Ubben special thanks for the many photographs she generously shared with local media during her tenure in Perry.