The end of school this year is bringing more than the normal share of "good-byes."
Some 22 teachers, administrators and staff members at six North County schools have decided to retire. Combined, they have a total of 701 years of experience with Baltimore County's school system.
The retirements include two principals — John Bereska, 38 years with the county and 10 at Hereford High, and Carole Quental, 40 years with the county and eight at Fifth District Elementary.
"Hereford will always be in my heart, and I will miss the school, the kids, and the people terribly," Bereska wrote in his email to the faculty on May 19. "This is a tough, tough, tough decision and for someone who makes dozens a decisions a day, I never thought anything could be so difficult."
Bereska, a new grandfather, said he wants to spend time with family, and enjoy time to ski, golf and play tennis.
Quental also said the decision to retire was a difficult one.
"I've been with the school system my whole adult life," she said. "For 40 years, it's been who I am."
She said she's looking forward to spending more time with her two grandsons and would like to volunteer and travel.
Bob Findley, principal at Edgemere Elementary, is the new principal at Fifth District.
And Prettyboy Elementary will get a new principal. Stacey Durkovic is transferring to Carney Elementary School. Sue Truesdell, an assistant to the assistant superintendent of the school system's zone 1 elementary schools, will be Prettyboy's new principal.
The following teachers and staff are also retiring at the end of the school year.
Hereford High School:
Elaine Pociluyko, science chair, 30 years; Terri Kaminski, social studies, 38 years.
Hereford Middle School:
Kathy Peterson, art chair, 33 years; Nancy Hesselbein, special education chair, 32 years; and Adele Merti, media specialist, 21 years.
Brenda Benson, fourth grade, 27 years; Christy Roylance, first grade, 30 years; Laura Manfuso, second grade, 27 years; and
Roxanne Dean, technology resource, 33 years.
Joyce Kipp, para educator, 26 years; Jeanne Phelps, first grade, 27 years; Judy Shane, library media specialist, 32 years; Carol Dann, special education resource, 34 years; and Sharon Delgado, reading specialist, 40 years.
All retirees have been at Jacksonville since it opened in 1994.
Linda Thompson, special educator, 24 years; Nancy Silhan, administrative secretary, 27 years; Roxanne Dean, technology integration, 32 years; and Linda Jones, art, 37 years.
Bernadette Worthing, reading specialist, 35 years; and Laura Hudson, guidance, 12 years.