Six Johnsburg Central faculty, staff to retire

Johnsburg Central School

Johnsburg Central School

— Once the Johnsburg Central School year comes to a halt, six faculty and staff members will close out their full-time careers at JCS.

This year’s retirees and their length of service at JCS are: Teacher Assistant Kathy Allen (11 years); fifth-grade teacher Jeff Baroudi (33 years); high-school French teacher Mary Blackhurst (25 years); groundskeeper Dave Hyde (36 years); Coach Timothy Leach (27 years); and second-grade teacher Barbara Sherwood (31 years).

Three of these employees agreed to be interviewed for a journalism project in Katy Odell’s English 10 class at JCS and are profiled here (see stories on page 4).

“If you take everyone that is retiring and you add their years of experience together, you will come up with 163 years,” said Superintendent Mike Markwica, reflecting on the substantial wealth of knowledge and experience evident in the work of the JCS staff.

While Dave Hyde is retiring from a full-time position, he will continue to work as a part-time bus driver this fall, so his familiar face will remain visible at JCS.

“He makes every connection with a student special,” observed Markwica.

Hyde is not only familiar to students for his work groundskeeping and driving buses. In recent years, he’s been known to don a tuxedo and join a student on stage in a vocal duet for the JCS Talent Show.

Some of the retiring teachers were to be honored by colleagues at a retirement dinner June 8 at Garnet Hill Lodge, while others, such as Jeff Baroudi, will be recognized at a subsequent event. Baroudi, the longtime elementary teacher, has devoted his entire career to serving the Johnsburg community.

“His best asset is his connection with the students,” said Markwica about Baroudi’s impact on school life.

The superintendent similarly remarked on Leach’s contributions to JCS.

“Through his coaching, he has helped students with their academics, commitment, patience and looking deeper into themselves,” Markwica said.

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