LAPS honors 18 retirees

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By Bennett Horne

Even though Los Alamos Public Schools is losing a combined 333 years of experience with the retirement of 18 employees this year, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus knows the district is stronger moving forward because of the contributions of this group.

“It is a group that provided decades of service – and really high quality service – to Los Alamos schools,” he said. “If you look at the picture last year and the picture this year we have a lot fewer retirees this year and a lot more teachers returning as well. So I’m happy about that.”

The certified retirees (and their years of service to the district) include: Laura Parker (31), teacher; Kathryn Anderson (26), speech pathologist; Barbara Musgrave (23), teacher; Judy Nekimken (23), teacher; Julia Goen (19), librarian; Ronda Harmon (18), teacher; Barbara Kress (17), teacher; Elizabeth Laskey (12), teacher; Kenneth Holmes (11), librarian; and Carole Kirby (6), nurse.

The classified retirees (and their years of service to the district) include: James Borrego (29), custodian; Kristine Sandford (23), clerk; Karen McCullough (22), clerk; Donna Bowyer (17), instructional assistant; Edwin Payne (16), bus driver; Randy Richey (15), head custodian; Rose Tsoodle (15), instructional assistant; Pauline Flynn (10), mail courier.

“I’m just going to say I’m happy for the retirees,” said Steinhaus. “We will miss them. But everybody earns the right to retire some day and these folks have earned that. I’m happy for them.”