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Pulaski schools honor 16 retirees


Photo courtesy of Pulaski Community School District Retiring from the Pulaski Community School District this year are, from left, front row, Betty Kestly, Kathy Belaire, Joan Riedel and Ramona Kornaus; back row, Kim Krenz-Wozniak, Wayne Smith, Mary Connolly, Mary Sturm-Johnson, Jamie Hubbard, Dave Bentz and Joanne Kurowski. Not pictured are Renee de la Cruz, Deb Dolata, Lori Gray, Gary Karcz and Mark Reimer.

Sixteen employees who are retiring this year from the Pulaski Community School District were honored May 8 at an awards banquet. Also honored were 76 employees who are celebrating service anniversaries.

“The community in the Pulaski Community School District includes outstanding students and their supportive families, generous and supportive community partners and diverse municipalities. But arguably the most important are you, our incredible staff,” said Bec Kurzynske, superintendent. “You are the reason that we are able to provide great learning opportunities for our students each and every day, and I thank you for your dedication and commitment.”

“Everybody on the board has children or has had children enrolled in the district, and we’ve seen firsthand what a difference you make in their lives,” said Michael Voelker, board of education president. “I want to thank all of you for the service you’ve given to the district and the milestone you are celebrating tonight, and also give a special thanks to our retirees who are marking the end of their service and looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.”

Retiring this year are Kathy Belaire, Dave Bentz, Mary Connolly, Renee de la Cruz, Deb Dolata, Lori Gray, Jamie Hubbard, Gary Karcz, Betty Kestly, Ramona Kornaus, Kim Krenz-Wozniak, Joanne Kurowski, Mark Reimer, Joan Riedel, Mary Sturm-Johnson and Wayne Smith.

Staff members being honored for 10 years of service are Patrice Bablitch, Dawn Bogucki, Sharon Brabender, Rebecca Budz, Sarah Casper-Due, Sherry Czarapata, Cindy DeNeys, Amy Fischer, Sarah Hoverson, Theresa Josephson, Gary Karcz, Cory Krizizke, Susan Lewin, Ray Majewski, Jerad Marsh, Amber Molle, Joann Neily, Jessica Rosenberg-Fredrickson, Dave Shaw, Wayne Smith and Aaron Triphan.

Those who have served 15 years include Katie Backhaus, Michelle Fischer, Amy Grzeskowiak, Kerri Haertl, Elizabeth Kust, Ryan Mentink, Patrick Rades, Sally Robertson, Tami Sullivan, Tracy Sundstrom, Kathy Tennant, Jamie Thompson, Jane Wendt, Char Wilson and Tricia Yarbro.

Twenty-year employees are Laurie Babiarz, Nicole Borley, Joan Brylski, Kathy Fischer, Amy Gee, Paula Goeben, Beth Hansen, Sandy Harvey, Jenn Heck, Christy Hutjens, Lisa Jourdan, Kandy Lardinois, Kelly Logue, Brian Morgan, Sarah Morgan, Darral Otto, Deb Schneider, Jenni Schwittay, Jenny Stehlik, Tracey Szymanski, Amy Uelmen, Jeff Uelmen, Celine Van Vreede, Carrie Wagner, Sue Wheeler, Carol Witthuhn and Jon Wood.

Employees celebrating 25 years are Shelly Bierhals, Carrie Burch, Tom Busch, Mary Connolly, Jim Doell, Paul Ford, Jenny Gracyalny, Marty Krause, Paula Krause and Tricia Paul.

Carrie Fischer was honored for serving the district for 30 years, and Laurie Przybylski and David Reinking marked their 35-year service anniversaries.