KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) With more than 50 employees getting ready to say their final goodbyes to Killeen ISD, the district held a special banquet Wednesday night.
The district says 56 employees will be retiring with a collective 1,279 years of service to children -- an impressive number.
Some of the retiring employees include two teachers with 35 years of service: Jayne Doxsey at Saegert Elementary School and Barbara Fitzgerald at Pathways Academic Campus.
There is also a husband-wife team leaving the district with 41 years of service. Steve Cook, the district's chief human resources officer, and his wife, Montague Village Elementary Principal Renee Cook, will retire at the end of the school year.
"It is our privilege to celebrate the accomplishments with those who have selflessly served the Killeen Independent School District so generously over the course of many years. Our administrators, teachers, bus drivers and district support staff alike, have all played a vital part in the success of the district," Superintendent Dr. John Craft said in a statement.
Ann Fitzgerald told KWTX she is looking forward to spending time with her husband. They already have a cruise planned for the fall.
Her advice to new teachers is to establish a relationship with the students and contact parents.