A total of 54 retiring staff members were recognized May 2 at the annual retirement reception for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.
The event recognized employees who are retiring this school year as well as those who retired after the 2012 retirement reception.
The 54 employees recognized had a total of more than 1,070 years of service with the school district.
Retiring staff members recognized at the May 2 event were Collene Akard, Lee’s Summit North High School teacher; Jean Barker, Pleasant Lea Middle School teacher; Trish Barnard, Lee’s Summit North High School library media specialist; Marilyn Bowman, R-7 bus aide; Cheryl Bramlette, Lee’s Summit North High School assistant principal/activities and athletics; Pat Bridgwater, Hawthorn Hill Elementary paraprofessional; Bill Bruce, R-7 distribution supervisor; Vicki Campbell, Mason Elementary secretary; Merilee Clagett, Lee’s Summit North High School teacher; Brenda Dumler, Lee’s Summit West High School teacher; Barbara Etem, Trailridge Elementary Nutrition Services; Sue Gailey, Prairie View Elementary teacher; Peggy Gianino, Cedar Creek Elementary Nutrition Services; Kelly Gillespie, Prairie View Elementary teacher; Gary Groening, R-7 coordinator of occupational and physical therapy; Karen Hackett, Prairie View Elementary teacher; Bonnie Hammack, Lee’s Summit West High School secretary; Carol Head, Hawthorn Hill Elementary Nutrition Services; Jay Helland, R-7 Facilities executive director; Bruce Holder, Lee’s Summit High School teacher; Ginger Hughes, Pleasant Lea Elementary teacher; Laura Jackson, Summit Lakes Middle School teacher; Clare Kapperman, Lee’s Summit West High School teacher; Diana Kessler, Cedar Creek Elementary playground supervisor; Joe Knobbe, R-7 bus driver; Dolly Lancaster, Pleasant Lea Middle School crew leader; Cathy Lilleston, Bernard Campbell Middle School cafeteria manager; Steve Magee, Lee’s Summit West High School teacher; Janice Mandl, Stansberry Leadership Center Business Services specialist; Paulla Martin, R-7 technology specialist; Karen Merrigan, Highland Park Elementary/Great Beginnings Early Education Center special education coordinator; Marilyn Moore, Highland Park Elementary custodian; Debra Moxley, Lee’s Summit North High School teacher; Orville Newberry, R-7 bus driver; Lisa Nichols, Meadow Lane Elementary speech/language pathologist; Candy Novotney, Cedar Creek Elementary principal’s secretary; Connie Payne, Stansberry Leadership Center payroll manager; Vicki Porter, Bernard Campbell Middle School principal; Lila Raymond, Great Beginnings Early Education Center teacher; Lori Reed, Underwood Elementary teacher; Dianne Rennicke, Pleasant Lea Middle School teacher; Lou Jean Riley, Meadow Lane Elementary teacher; John Rohovit, Lee’s Summit North High School technology specialist; Sharon Rymer, Lee’s Summit High School Nutrition Services; Eric Sharp, Facilities HVAC control specialist; Gaye Sharp, Lee’s Summit High School teacher; Carin Smith, Woodland Elementary and Greenwood Elementary custodian; Mike Stevens, Sunset Valley Elementary teacher; Debbie Studt, Lee’s Summit North High School secretary; Lonnie Trujillo, Pleasant Lea Middle School teacher; Don White, Cedar Creek Elementary building manager; Lauri Wilson, Lee’s Summit North High School teacher; and O’Nell York, R-7 bus aide.
In addition to the district-wide event, retiring staff members will be recognized in the Lee’s Summit Journal’s “Tribute to R-7 Retiring Staff Members” special section, scheduled for distribution as part of a June 7 issue of the Lee’s Summit Journal.