DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County School District celebrated 33 of its most dedicated employees on May 23 during the annual retirement ceremony and banquet.
The retirees and their families filled the Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology’s Conference Center for an evening of entertainment, reflection and food, provided by Hidden Treasures Catering.
Superintendent Tim Newman praised the retirees for all the blood, sweat and tears poured into providing high-quality education for the children of Darlington County.
“I’m humbled by the expertise and compassion that you wonderful people represent,” Newman said. “The dedication that you have given to our students is to be commended. We celebrate together all of the memories and successes that have been achieved over the years, and we wish you all the best as you move into your retirement.”
The Mayo High School Phoenix Phame show choir performed several musical pieces before 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Laura Privette gave the keynote address. Privette likened the retirees to giants, upon whose shoulders stand those employees who will continue working to educate students moving forward.
The district presented the honorees with plaques recognizing their work in the school district. The outgoing retirees represent a total of 787 years of service in the workforce, including 640 years in the district.
B. Jane Hursey, assistant superintendent of human resources, provided the closing remarks. She thanked the retirees before encouraging them to find joy in achieving all of their post-employment goals.