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School Board honors recent retirees

By Lacy Hilliard
The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, June 11 at the Johnson County Schools Central Office conference room.
The main focus of the June meeting was the various retirees from throughout the district. A gathering was held in their honor prior to the meeting and many of the new retirees stayed to be honored by the board during regular proceedings.
Beulah Grindstaff was the first to be recognized at the June meeting. Grindstaff can boast over 21 years of service. Her career began as an instructional assistant, however she has served the district in various facets throughout the years.
Paula Manuel began her career in September of 1985 as a K-3 aide at Doe Elementary School. She later served as a secretary at Doe and wrapped up her 30 year service as secretary at Johnson County High School.
Beloved Mountain City Elementary School teacher Brenda Potter is also amongst the list of retirees. Potter dedicated 36 years of her life as an educator and spend 31 of those years teaching in the same classroom. During her time as a third grade teacher, Potter educated and inspired approximately 800 students.
Rita Robinson began working for Johnson County Schools in April of 1992 as a central office receptionist. Throughout her career, Robinson has worked as a educational and classroom assistant and an Extended Service Central secretary.
Mary Slemp has worked in the nutrition department of Johnson County Schools for the past 20 years. Slemp was well known for serenading students that were celebrating their birthdays and its clear that she left an impression in her time as Johnson County Schools. Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox said of Slemp, “Mary, you will be missed.”
Karen Taylor has been a educating students for almost 27 year. She began her career in September of 1976 but resigned after choosing to continue her education at the University of Tennessee. She then returned and spent time at both Mountain City and Laurel Elementary Schools as a kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade teacher.
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