BOE bids farewell to dedicated and hard working retirees


TAYLOR COUNTY—Last week, the Taylor County Board of Education came together to recognize and honor the dedication and years of service of this year’s retirees.

Honored guests and their friends, colleagues and family gathered at the Taylor County Board of Education office for cake and punch to celebrate the retirement of long-time educators and service personnel.

After a reception where everyone could visit and enjoy fellowship, the retirees who were able to attend the special evening were recognized by the Board of Education.

Among the retirees who were at the event were Grafton High School Assistant Principal Cheryl Snyder, Flemington Elementary School Cook Sharon Bolyard, Taylor County Middle School Teacher Carol Freeze and K12 Staffer Edith “Edie” VanHorn.

“This is always a great time, but it is also a sad time,” said Taylor County Superintendent of Schools Christy Miller. “We are losing some long-time employees who have meant so much to the Taylor County School System. This is just a small way that we can honor all of the hard work and dedication that you’ve had toward our students during your years of service.”

Bolyard was recognized for her 17-years of service to the students of Taylor County and Freeze for her 31 years. In addition, Snyder was honored for her eight years of service to the students of Taylor County, and VanHorn was acknowledged for her 12 years of service.

Each of the retirees was presented with a letter of gratitude and a certificate of appreciation from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, as well as a plaque from the Taylor County Board of Education.

In the letter, Justice said, “As Governor, I extend my thanks and congratulations for your years of hard work and dedication in regard to your job. Your experience, wisdom and friendliness have made you an exceptional employee and a valuable asset to the Taylor County Board of Education.”

He expressed that they should take pride in their accomplishments, as well as their loyalty and sense of duties that set an outstanding example for current and future educators and school personnel.

“Please accept my best wishes for the future,” Justice wrote. “It is my sincere hope that years ahead will bring you much happiness, as you pursue the activities that you enjoy.”

Each of the board members addressed the retirees, thanking them for their service.

“I think you all have a done a great job in your roles here in Taylor County. I know you were all very dedicated and a hardworking group,” said Board President Clark Sinclair. “Congratulations on your retirement, but I hope to see some of you on the sub list.”

Melissa Garvin said that she would forever be grateful for the dedication and love the group of ladies had shown to the county’s students.

“You have left an indelible mark on the souls of the children within the system,” expressed Garvin. “That is something I am forever grateful for, so thank you.”

Being a retired educator himself, John Taylor welcomed the ladies to their new life of retirement saying, “I thank you for your service. I welcome you into the arms of the retirees and hope that you enjoy your retirement for many long years.”

Austin Upton told the retirees that he was proud that they had obtained many years of success in the school system and voiced pride in each of the ladies.

Melissa Knotts said that after years of serving the youth of the county, the ladies would now get to focus on themselves.

“This is a happy moment, because now you get to enjoy your days knowing that you really helped your county. Thank you for your dedication, every day that you came to work and were happy to be there,” she said. “Congratulations again on your accomplishments.”

From the staff of the Mountain Statesman, congratulations to each of this year’s retirees. Enjoy your retirement!

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