Brocton applauds 6 retirees’ 154 service years

BROCTON – Six teachers at Brocton Central School gave a total of over a century-and-a-half’s service to the school they love and treasure – and now, all six will retire at the end of the current academic year.

The Brocton Board of Education, at its Wednesday meeting, accepted resignations from the following employees: primary school teacher and Brocton Teachers’ Association President Karen MacIntyre (25 years), middle school and high school English teacher Patricia Thompson (30 years; Brocton graduate), business teacher Diane Eades (32 years), former elementary teacher and current physical education teacher and sports coach Jeffrey Franze (33 years; Brocton graduate), physical education teacher and sports coach Terry Presto (11 years; Brocton graduate) and elementary teacher and technology coordinator William Henris (23 years; Brocton graduate).

“I personally thank each of these teachers,” Board President Douglas Walter said. “I know many of our board members have kids and grandkids that are in this school, and I want to personally thank them for my two boys. They are well-deserved in what they do here, and we thank all of you. I just wanted to let you know, you are appreciated. Good luck in your retirement, and good luck to the new ones, as well.”

MacIntyre, who attended the meeting, fought back tears as she received a standing ovation from the board and audience members.

“It has been a tremendous honor to have served as a teacher for 35 years, 25 of which has been at Brocton,” she stated in a letter to the board that Walter read aloud. “My career has been filled with many rich experiences due to the children, families and colleagues I have been fortunate to work with throughout my tenure at Brocton. I’ll be forever grateful for being given the opportunity to be a teacher at this outstanding school.”

Thompson, in her letter to the board, wrote she had entered the halls of Brocton in 1963 as a kindergarten student and fondly remembers “participating in every activity she possibly could be in,” including a musical and the 3-1-3 Program.

“Much of my life, and my family’s life, has been here in this building, which makes it difficult for me to leave,” she stated in her letter to the board. “Although there were times that were not always easy, I have loved to be here. I gained many friendships, and as I look back, I believe the students have proudly taught me as many lessons as I have taught them.”

Board member Thomas DeJoe, when Eades’ retirement resolution came up, pointed out she “resurrected the boys volleyball team” as the first coach back in 1992. She also wrote many successful grants for the school district.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the students in the Brocton community,” she wrote in her letter. “They have taught me a few things, as well.”

In his letter, Presto said, “Although my (11) years are not overly abundant, the fond memories are.”

After the meeting, Superintendent John Hertlein said that while he is delighted for the retirees, he is saddened for the district at the same time.

“These are six exceptional employees that truly dedicated their lives to the district,” he said. “They will be sadly missed.”

A formal retirement dinner will be held by the board for the retirees in the near future.

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