• School board honors long-time employees

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Unified School District 207 Board of Education’s monthly meeting Dec. 12 at the USD 207 Annex included an update on Kansas Day activities set for Jan. 29 at Patton Junior High School gym, the results of the financial audit for the 2016-17 schoolyear, and the Board of Education remodel — set to be completed by March 2018 — and the opening of the Bradley and Eisenhower Elementary Schools workout facilities.
    During the meeting, two long-time USD 207 employees were presented certificates of appreciation by Superintendent Keith Mispagel.
    “Over the past 25 years Patsy Herrig has been an inspirational part of USD 207, especially for the Eisenhower Elementary team,” Mispagel said. “As Eisenhower secretary, she supported three principals, hundreds of teachers and parents and thousands of children. Patsy embraced each person she met and each passerby with nothing but support and welcoming. Her commitment to the school and the district is greatly appreciated.”
    After Mispagel read the certificate citation, board President Myron Griswold presented Herrig with the district coin.
    “You were always a welcoming person that set the tone, a welcoming tone for everyone coming into the school,” he said. “We thank you for your two and a half decades of service to the thousands of students who have come through Eisenhower Elementary and we take pride in your contributions to their education.”
    Herrig thanked those she’d worked with over the years for all they had done to help her.
    “I’m so blessed to work with such amazing administrators,” she said.
    Jerry Litz, director of transportation and grounds, was also presented with a certificate and a coin.
    “Over the past 30 years, he’s served in many positions in the district ranging from bus driver, custodian, maintenance supervisor, assistant director of transportation and finally the director of transportation and grounds,” Mispagel said. “Jerry’s commitment to the district will be greatly missed. USD 207 greatly appreciates Jerry Litz’s dedication, commitment and service to USD 207 and all those in the military community.”
    Griswold said Litz’s role in transportation stands out to him the most.
    “The spirit that had many initiatives (was) really encouraging, such as the purchase and lifestyle replacement plans for our buses and keeping our buses in No. 1 shape,” Griswold said. “I love seeing our buses on the streets of Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth because they look great, and I know it’s because of your dedication and your leadership…Everything that you did was done with 100 percent accomplishment and I appreciate all your confidence and your leadership.”
    Litz said his experience at USD 207 was positive.
    “Everybody I worked with here has been a pleasure to work with. The office staff over here, everybody is so supportive of the teachers and principals,” he said. “Thank you and I wish you guys all the best.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In other news, Bill Hatfield, talent acquisition specialist for USD 207, briefed board members on the recruitment of student teachers. The fall semester had three student teachers and spring semester, so far, has eight student teachers in place for the 2017-18 schoolyear.
    For a full overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit http://www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public. The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the USD 207 Annex, 1 MacArthur Circle.
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