Riverhead School District

Riverhead school board honors 20 retirees

These Riverhead School District employees have retired. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
These Riverhead School District employees have retired. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Riverhead school board honored 20 retirees Wednesday night, as well as a volunteer that has videotaped meetings and a school board member whose term has ended.

The following is a list of this year’s retirees. (Scroll down to read the full recognition for employee):

• Debra Knaub, English teacher, 29 years.
• Nancy King, family and consumer science teacher, 28 years.
• Kathleen Lester, special education teacher, 29 years.
• Susan MacLellan, special education teacher, 34 years.
• Janice Szczesny, family and consumer science teacher, 18 years.
• Jane Tully, social studies teacher, 22 years.
• Kathryn Duzel, teaching assistant, 15 years.
• Adrienne Ince, teaching assistant, 16 years.
• Gail Kappenberg, teaching assistant, 30 years.
• Dorothy Madonia, teaching assistant, 17 years.
• Maxine Utter, teaching assistant, 30 years.
• Barbara Vail, teaching assistant, 36 years.
• Beatrice Ash, teacher aide, 13 years.
• Alice Blackmore, computer lab assistant, 22 years.
• Jeannie Drozd, senior clerk typist, 25 years.
• Dianne Haupt, senior clerk typist, 34 years.
• Robert Lucas, custodial worker, 35 years.
• Walter Pytell, bus driver, 13 years.
• Patricia Skura, senior clerk typist, 35 years.
• Carolyn Gremillion, payroll manager, 23 years.

Laurie Downs, a Polish Town resident and school board watchdog, was also honored for volunteering to videotape school board meetings for the past 15 years. Earlier this month, she announced her decision to step down from that responsibility.

School board member Tom Carson, who decided not to seek re-election this year, was also recognized for his service. Mr. Carson was absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

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Correction: The number of years for custodial worker Robert Lucas is 35, not 25.

Riverhead School District retirees