Retiring teachers honored with luncheon
Nita Bridges, high school art teacher, and Bill Taylor, high school coach, were recognized on Wednesday with a luncheon as fellow teachers wished them well in their retirement.
Superintendent Pam Castor presented plaques to the retiring teachers.
"Nita and I have worked together a long time," Castor said. "I count her a valuable co-worker and a dear friend. We appreciate the years of services you have given to the Manila School District and we will miss you. I will always think of you fondly."
Nita has taught for 31 years in Manila with 37 total classroom years.
Castor then presented Coach Taylor with a plaque and expressed her appreciation for his years of service. He has coached at Manila for three years and has been in education for a total of 27 years.
"We will always think of you as a Manila Lion and you have done a great job for us," Ms. Castor said. "We appreciate the time you have spent working in our basketball program."
Castor also recognized Althia Davise and Pam Fleeman who will be leaving Manila at the end of the year to pursue other careers.
"We will miss you all, "Ms. Castor said. "We with each of you the best."
High School Principal Robin Baugher presented gifts from the staff and extended her well wishes to all of them.
Dwight Booth, FFA adviser, and members of the FFA, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the high school teachers and guests.