By Erik Harris, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE – It was a busy Monday for Trussville City Schools, as the board met for its June board meeting.
The school system took time to honor several individuals on Monday night, including retirees from both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Last year’s retiring class had not yet been recognized, due to complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Faculty and staff retired from TCS following 2019-20 year: Simona Herring, Scott Waid, David Dobbs, Connie Hambey, Tina Allen, LuAnn Hodges, Julie Grogan, Dawna Butts, Audrey Shannon, Tamra Higginbotham, Payge Chambliss, Carla Russell, Sherri Bishop, Michael Petkovich and Hal Riddle.
“Thank you all for coming tonight,” said Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill to the retirees who attended Monday’s meeting. “We will miss your wisdom, we will miss your heart and we will miss your service.”
Faculty and staff retired from TCS following 2020-21 year: Cynthia Thomas, Mark Snider, Herb Hicks, Tim Stull, Amanda Roberts, Kathy Troncale, Kathy Bell, Lee Dykes, Jana Feild, Jenni Scott, Gina Lackey, Edra Petty, Brenda Reid, Kelli Tweed, Teri Hogg, Cathay Parrish, Karen Chamblee, Charles Goad, Prissy Anderson, Harry Leach, Billy Crowell, Barry Davis and Mandi Logan.
Several of the former employees shared memories of their time in Trussville, some of which dated back more than 30 years. Payge Chambliss recalled the one red light located on Highway 11 in her early years as an educator in Trussville.
“But what I will mostly leave with is just knowing how many first-graders I got to be with, and I do miss that,” said Chambliss. “I miss their sweet faces.”
Some of the goodbye messages drew laughter, some of them drew tears, and each of them stretched smiles across the TCS board room.
The Superintendent also invited the Class 7A state softball champions in for a moment of recognition. Hewitt-Trussville’s girls captured their second consecutive AHSAA title on May 21 in Oxford, blistering second-ranked Fairhope 16-4 in the winner-take-all championship bout.
Head coach Taylor Burt thanked the Trussville community for its support of Hewitt softball. Senior third baseman Jenna Lord and sophomore second baseman Hannah Dorsett also took turns speaking on behalf of the team, which finished the season with a record of 49-3-1.
“We knew it from the beginning,” said Dorsett of the dominant championship climb. “There’s not many words that can describe this group of girls; I think our record speaks for itself.”