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Past and current teachers and staff from the 509-J District gather to acknowledge the accomplishments of the year's retirees.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Retirees at the breakfast included, from left, Tiffany Jinings with baby daughter, Mary Ann Stravens, Diane Stravens, Hilda Stephens, Daniel and Estella Peterson, Mary Soliz, Lt. Col. Larry Renfro, Phil Smith, Scott Coles, Rosalynn Jaeger, Darla McConnell, Cindy Stanfield, and Superintendent Richard Molitor.Teachers and other staff members retiring or leaving School District 509-J, were honored at the 33rd annual Staff and Retiree Recognition Breakfast, June 16, in the Madras High School commons.

Past and current employees are invited to the event each year to acknowledge the accomplishments of the retirees.

"One of the perks of retiring from 509-J is that you get free breakfast for life – once a year, joked Superintendent Rick Molitor.

Retiring administrators were: Supt. Rick Molitor, nine years; Director of Human Resources and Operations Darryl Smith, 21 years, who has accepted a position in Alaska; and counseling coordinator Rosalynn Jaeger, seven years.

Retiring teachers included: math teacher Erin Potampa, 15 years with the district; JROTC instructor Larry Renfro, 15 years; elementary teacher Kathleen White, 18 years; MHS art teacher Philip Smith Jr., 19 years; and MHS science teacher Scott Coles, 20 years.

Teachers having babies or moving from the district were: elementary teachers Kristen Grottau, three years; Emily Crowley, eight years; and Tiffany Jinings, 10 years; and TAG instructor Gena Bennett, who has accepted an administrative position in Redmond.

Retiring educational assistants were: Daniel Peterson, seven years; Judy Gregg, 14 years; and Darla McConnel, 25 years.

Retiring secretaries: executive assistant Cindy Stanfield, 26 years; and school secretary Estella Peterson, 25 years.

Retiring food service staff and bus drivers: cook's helpers, Mary Ann Stravens, 16 years; and Hilda Stephens, 21 years; assistant cook, Diane Stravens, 22 years; bus drivers Gary Vagnerini, six years; and David Haynes, 14 years.

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