Spring Lake Park Schools had its annual retirement reception May 21 to recognize the 11 staff members who retired during the 2018-2019 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

School Board members, administrators, principals, staff members, former employees and family members of retiring staff gathered for the celebration.

Amy Hennen, School Board chair, led a brief program with Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg, who presented each honoree with a commemorative school bell award recognizing their service and commitment to the district.

This year’s honored retirees include:

• Christine Dahnke, nutrition services manager, Park Terrace Elementary

• Bonnie Eickstadt, nutrition services associate, Park Terrace Elementary

• Dean Gillette, telecommunications, District Services Center

• Grant Guzy, mathematics teacher, Spring Lake Park High School

• Patricia Henke, SPED-DCD mild to moderate paraprofessional, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School

• LouAnn Jacobson, nutrition services associate, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School

• Pam Klemz, early childhood family education room assistant, Centerview Elementary

• Cheri Lotz, community education coordinator, District Services Center

• Julie Mikel, SPED – Autism Spectrum Disorders, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School

• Wendy Sanders, behavior specialist paraprofessional, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School

• Carol Sorenson, nutrition services associate, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School

Hennen noted in her remarks that the retirees have 220 years of combined service to the district.

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