Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools will celebrate this year's staff retirees at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Twin Oaks Middle School, the district announced this week.
Sixteen staff members have retired or are set to retire at the end of the school year: Laura Bohlke, Pam Cates, Marla Fulkerson, Valorie Humbert, John Larson, Sara Murr, Jennifer Reinhardt, Wanda Ryan, Paula Sorenson, Natalya Kopylov, Sharon Hart, Mary Kroyer, Robin Borchardt, Kendrea McCrady, Laura Bohlke and Darla Bauchle.
The group said their work had brought several joys and worthwhile projects.
Having offered 32 of her years to the district, Reinhardt, a Prior Lake High School business teacher, said in a statement she enjoyed helping students understand their places in the world. She and colleague John Maresh opened the Fab Lab in the 2014-2015 school year.
"Taking a dirty, small gas engines room and transforming it into a state-of-the-art fabrication lab was quite a summer project," Reinhardt said.
In retirement, she plans to volunteer, work part time, travel and spend time with family.
Murr served the district for 31 years, acting as reading director, Title One coordinator, middle school dean and more. She's the sixth-grade Minnesota Studies teacher at Hidden Oaks Middle School.
Murr said her favorite part of the job is her students.
"I absolutely love the sense of humor of middle school students," she said. "They honestly make me laugh every day by their witty comments and antics."
Grainwood Elementary P.E. instructor Larson served the district for 30 years, starting as a fifth-grade teacher at Five Hawks Elementary. His last day was Dec. 21 of last year.
"My last day at PLSAS was made very special by my family sneaking in and the entire staff at Grainwood," he said. "From the beginning of the day with the T-shirts and all-school meeting, to the end of the day gauntlet through the halls of the Grainwood, to the buses and dismissing the kids (for) the last goodbye."