PWCS retirees honored at ceremony, plan for new chapter
Posted on 04/30/2018
Group of PWCS retirees sitting at table during reception

Prepare to turn off the alarm, or even better, don’t set it. The end of the school year is around the corner; daily routines will change not only for students, but for PWCS employees whose decades in schools and offices will end. There are desks to be cleaned out, laptops to be turned in, and goodbyes to be shared with colleagues.

Checking out through the Office of Human Resources will be the very last task for many of the nearly 250 employees who are retiring on June 30 after decades in careers with PWC. Top on the list as retirement begins is travel, time with grandchildren, pursuit of hobbies, and definitely “sleeping in.”

The School Board, Superintendent, Superintendent’s Staff, colleagues, and families and friends honored all retirees at a reception on April 24 at Colgan High School, including those who retired at the end of last year after the  annual reception. Among those honored was Lillian Orlich, who retired last year after 64 years at Osbourn Park High School. A former counselor, she is now a volunteer at the school.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts praised retirees for often going beyond “just doing your jobs,” to make “our mission of Providing A World-Class Education for our students” possible, and wished them well. Babur B. Lateef, M.D., new Interim Chairman At-Large of the School Board, told honorees to take pride in their “contributions and support for the teaching and learning environment that make great achievements possible.”

The ceremony drew more than 400 guests. The speaker selected to represent our more than 90,000 students was Kate Arnold, student representative on the School Board and senior at Hylton High School. See her message to PWCS retirees: