Superintendent honors retirees, says farewell

Dr. Tim Mills, who is leaving the school district, is honored at the District 51 Retirement Gala at Two Rivers Convention Center Monday evening.

School District 51 on Monday bade farewell to 46 retirees and its superintendent of six years.
Superintendent Tim Mills recognized the retirees at a reception and banquet at Two Rivers Convention Center, then was himself given a plaque recognizing his six years of service at the helm of the district.

“I feel a little melancholy,” Mills said. “ I love the people of District 51.”

On July 1, Mills will start a new job in Milwaukie, Ore., as superintendent of the North Clackamas School District.

With the retirement of 46 employees, the district stands to lose more than 1,200 years of experience in education, not counting Mills’ 21 years in District 51 as a teacher, administrator and superintendent.

The district also recognized employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

“For all these folks do, they deserve all the recognition they can get,” said board President Leslie Kiesler.

Darleine Dyer is retiring after 40 years with District 51, but, she said, she’s not leaving.

Dyer, an instructional assistant at R-5 High School, has worked as an instructional assistant at several campuses, helping children in special education.

“I feel I was able to help them succeed in life,” she said.

While officially a retiree, she will work for another year, then take off on another phase of life.

“I’m going to be a substitute,” Dyer said.


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