Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 24, 2015
PHOTO BY: Angela Spencer

Connie Miller, from front, Tonia Piker, Debbie Stanley and Paula Cleveland will retire from the White County Central School District this year. The four employees have a combined 128 years of experience.

Saying goodbye

Four longtime White County Central employees reflect on careers

Graduation ceremonies signify the end of students’ high school careers, but the end of the school year is also a time for some school faculty and staff to end their professional careers through retirement. In the White County Central School District, four longtime employees with a combined 128 years of work will retire after the final bell rings on the last day of school. Paula Cleveland, Connie Miller, Tonia Piker and Debbie Stanley wi... READ MORE


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