Tuesday evening was the time for teachers and staff of the Vilonia School District to be recognized with plaques and pins for their years of service.
Held at the Vilonia Middle School cafeteria, 22 were recognized with five years of service; 29 had 10 years; 12 had 15 years; 10 had 20 years; five had 25 years and three had 30 years. Geneva Day (20 years), music teacher and director of the Primary Melodies, and Cindy Stage, (26 years), high school media specialist, are retiring.
Dr. David Stephens, school superintendent, assisted Randy Sanders, district president of the Board of Education, with the presentations.
Stephens referred to Day and Stage, both, as “doing a great job.” They will be missed, he said. Stage was not at the event. However, Stephens said he had visited with her and that she is excited about a new phase in her life but that she is also “teary eyed” when she talks about leaving.
The event ended with Ed Sellers, assistant superintendent/athletic director, saying a prayer. Sellers, who is the employee in the district with the longest tenure, also joked that it is good to see “all these kids” get recognized. After the recognition ceremony, the entire faculty and staff were treated to a fish fry--an end of the year tradition for 24 years.