Technology and computers were still a futuristic ideology, Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith noted, as popular movies including Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Flashdance were just being released. The top song of the era was "Every Breath You Take."
Fast forward 30 years and while many things had changed, there were still 10 staff members that have lasted through the changes and solidified their legacy as dedicated professionals serving the town's students.
"These individuals have adjusted to changes and have shown a dedication to our students and to education that is unrivaled," Smith said.
The district this week took a moment to honor those who have long served Southington schools, a group comprised of teachers and food service staff that have combined to offer 300 years of service in Southington.
After 30 years in the district, some with a short hiatus, these individuals have made a big difference in improving education and school climate for Southington students said School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr.
"These educators are all deserving of the recognition," he said. "They have dedicated so much to our community."
The following educators and professionals were recognized this week for 30 years of service:
- Joseph Cipollini - Science - Kennedy Middle School
- Barbara Jarvis - Math - Southington High School
- Mary Peterman - Special Education - Hatton School
- Robert Riccio - World Language - Southington High School
- Denise Sadowski - Elementary - Kelley School
- Thomas Horanzy - Art - Southington High School
- Maureen Waldron - World Language - Southington High School
- Linda Bass Reilly - Elementary - Thalberg School
- Sandy Lewis - Food Service - Main Office
- Brenda McCarty - Food Service Cashier - Southington High School
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