School district honors 84 retirees


Wayne County Public Schools officials recognized 84 employees during the district’s 2020-21 retirement ceremony recently held online.

The event honored retiring employees for their dedicated and faithful service to WCPS and collective contributions to North Carolina public education.

“As an employee of Wayne County Public Schools, every retiree had a valuable role in helping our schools address student needs,” said Dr. David Lewis, interim superintendent for WCPS.

“Regardless of their position, our retirees helped make a difference in a child’s life each and every day they came to work. I wish all of them (the) very best in their retirement and hope they have a wonderful future ahead.”

According to WCPS, 17 teachers are retiring from 10 southern county schools.

Brogden Primary has four retirees: teacher Joyce Moses, curriculum facilitator Sherry Jones and instructional assistants Barbara Newsome and Rosemary Holloman. The quartet has a combined 106.5 years in education.

Brogden Middle, Carver Elementary, Mount Olive Middle, Grantham Middle, Grantham Elementary, Southern Wayne High, Spring Creek Middle, Spring Creek Elementary and Spring Creek High also bid farewell to retirees.

Most notable is Doyle Heath Whitfield, who retired earlier in 2021 as athletics director at Spring Creek High School. He continues to coach the baseball team.

The district school system has 20 retirees in its Central Services & Supports division. Of that group, four worked together with the county’s exceptional children. They accumulated a total of 101.5 hours.

WCPS streamed the ceremony live.


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