Reception honors retiring principals

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Manila high school principal Pam Chipman and Manila middle school principal Diane Wagner were honored on Sunday afternoon with a drop-in reception in the high school auditorium.

Pam Castor (center), Manila superintendent presented plaques to retiring principals Diane Wagner (left) middle school, and Pam Chipman (right), high school principal. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

A combined 66 years of service and dedication were given to the Manila School District by the two women who started their teaching careers at Manila.

Chipman and Wagner are retiring this month and family, friends, co-workers, board members and students, and former students gathered to wish them well.

Superintendent Pam Castor presented each with a plaque.

"Pam and Diane have made an impact on the youth of Manila for many years," Castor said. "This is an end of an era. We have been teased a lot about having an all women administration here at MHS. They have done a wonderful job and they will be missed."

Castor wished them well in their retirement and offered her appreciation for their years of service.

Wagner started teaching the first grade at Manila elementary. She was a graduate of Manila High School and was happy to be able to return to her home school after graduation. She went from first grade to junior high reading and junior high principal. She is very pleased to have been the first principal of the Middle School and the building project of the new seventh and eighth grade building.

Chipman was the Manila junior and senior high choir director for 24 years leading her choirs through very successful years. She served as high school principal for seven years. She is a native of Trumann, graduating from Trumann High School.

Both thanked everyone for coming and expressed their well wishes for the future of the Manila School District.

Cake and punch were served as the two retirees received well wishes from family and friends.

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