The Oskaloosa USD 341 said goodbye to more than 180 years of teaching experience at a party held on Monday.
The district has seven teachers retiring this year that were honored with a trophy presented by Superintendent Jon Pfau.
“You will all be thoroughly, thoroughly missed,” Pfau said.
Included in the seven are longtime teachers Ron Ellis and Pam Jones. Combined the two have 71 years of teaching at USD 341.Ellis in his written statement said he never imagined he would still be teaching in Oskaloosa after 37 years. During the party Ellis prided himself on the fact that Oskaloosa was the only place he ever taught despite not being from the area. Ellis grew up in southeast Kansas. He noted that his first students recently turned 50 years old.