Six retire from school district, others resign


The beginning of summer also signifies the end of the school year.

And with the end of the school year, comes the end to some educational careers as well.

This year, the Moffat County School District is losing six employees to retirement.

Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, Janet Bohart, Moffat County High School custodian, Sandy Davis, Ridgeview Elementary School teacher Barb Martin, district maintenance electrician Stan McAnnally and MCHS art teacher Jay Peck will not be back next year.

"I am really looking forward to being able to set my own schedule," Peck said. "I have been getting up at 4 a.m. everyday, and I'm at school by 6 a.m., so it will be nice not to have to get up quite so early."

Of the six retirees, Martin was able to opt out in the middle of the year, and is now reportedly spending time on the West Coast.

Peck will continue to live in Craig and work on different art projects in his free time.

"This will be where I'll be working out of," he said. "I have a lot of wonderful friends here and this is where I consider home to be, so I have no reason to move. This whole community has been wonderful to me since I have been here."

Peck was originally responsible for establishing the art program for the Moffat County School District. He signed his first teaching contract to teach in Moffat County at the age of 21, and has been here ever since.

"I will finally have a little time to apply some of the things that I have been teaching kids all of these years," he said.

Bohart, who has been Moffat County's director of curriculum and staff development for the last five years, will be retiring to join her husband, Joel Sheridan, who is now an assistant superintendent in Aspen.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the time that I have spent here in Craig, and we are looking to retire here when that time comes," Bohart said. "I could continue to work for the schools here, but a long-distance marriage isn't very easy, so I will be moving down to Aspen at the end of the year."

Bohart came to Moffat County Schools after working as a teacher, staff developer and principal.

And though Bohart is retiring from Moffat County Schools, that doesn't mean that work is a thing of the past.

"I plan on starting a staff development and consulting job, where I can consult with different school districts as to ways that they can improve," she said. "My job here has been interesting and enjoyable every day. I do kind of miss the contact with the students that I had as a teacher, but overall, it has been wonderful."

Ridgeview Elementary School Principal Pete Bergmann has resigned his position to take over as the district's director of curriculum and staff development.

The district is working to fill the other vacancies.

Along with those who chose to retire, several people have resigned.

In April, speech language therapist Kylee Dutcher resigned, as well as East Elementary School secretary Kristen Gore, vocational agriculture teacher Jon Hogge, special education aide Cathy Lowther, Maybell School teacher Linda McCabe, Ridgeview music teacher Barbara Nagoda, band teacher Greg Sarette and East Elementary kindergarten teacher, Jennifer Willems.

In their letters of resignation, most said they enjoyed their time in Moffat County, but felt it was time to move on.

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