Union, Wallowa county school employees retire

Written by Observer staff June 13, 2012 08:45 am

La Grande High School science teacher Greg Franklin is one of 14 employees of public school districts in Union and Wallowa counties who is retiring. Following is summary of the 13 other Union and Wallowa county educators who will be joining Franklin in retirement.

Elgin School District

• Larry Christman, the school district’s superintendent, who has been the district’s superintendent since July of 2008. Christman also served as the district’s superintendent in 2000-01 and 2002-03. Christman, who will retire at the end of this month, is completing his 43rd year as an educator. He earlier served as an administrator in the Enterprise School District for 24 years. 

Imbler School District

• Beccy Kramer, a fifth grade teacher. Kramer worked in the school district for at least two decades and as an educator for 36 years.

• Jeff Halsey, the school district’s technology coordinator. Halsey worked in the school district for 18 years.

Joseph School District

• Betty Belcher, a Title program l reading teacher. Belcher has worked for the school district for 26 years.

• Sherry Strickland, an instructional aide for  the school district’s special education resource room.  Strickland worked for the school district for 20 years.

La Grande School District

• Dee Brogdon, a reading teacher at Greenwood Elementary School. Brogdon worked for the school district for 33 years.

• Ellen Blackman, a secretary at Island City Elementary School. Blackman was with the La Grande School District 31 years.

 • Keith Van Vickle, a music teacher at La Grande Middle School. Van Vickle taught in the school district 13 years.

• Jakki Boehne, a kindergarten teacher at Willow Elementary School. Boehne taught in the school district 32 years. 

• Bud Duncan, a journalism and language arts teacher at La Grande High School. Duncan taught in the school distort for 20 years, all at LHS.

• Sharon Partlow, a custodian at La Grande Middle School. Partlow worked 11 years for the school district.

• Jo Woodward, a para-educator (teaching assistant) at La Grande High School. Woodward worked for the school district for nine years.

North Powder School District

• Glenda Cutright, a kindergarten teacher. Cutright taught in the school district for 21 years.

Union School District

• Susan Hawkins, a special education teacher. Hawkins taught in the school district for eight years.