By Chris Edwards
WARREN – At its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, the Warren ISD Board of Trustees recognized four retirees, whom the district’s CFO Terry Ling said represent more than 100 years of combined service in the educational field.
Ling announced the four retirees, and had them each pick out a rocking chair, which were set up in the boardroom, in front of the trustees’ bench, and were a gift from the school board.
Beverly McKee, who has been with Warren ISD for 29 years;Robyn Glosson, who served the district for 23 years and Jimbo Swinney, who has been at Warren for 27 years, were celebrated along with retiring superintendent Dr. Tammy Boyette, who was named superintendent in 2019, but has more than 30 years of service in education.
Following the presentation, a reception with refreshments, including a sheet cake honoring each retiree, was held.
It was a night of celebrations for the district, and in one last “Tribe Tribute” presentation as Warren HS Principal, Swinney presented the award to another long-serving faculty member, agriculture instructor Rex Currie.
Swinney said that when he was in high school at Warren, Currie was beginning in the district as a student teacher, and had come from Kennard, where he’d been a high school basketball star. In college, Currie had either wanted to be a basketball coach or an ag teacher, according to Swinney.
Forty-eight years later, Currie “still has a burning desire to teach and to connect with the kids,” Swinney said.
Swinney noted that Currie has worked his entire career at Warren ISD.
Before presenting him with the commendation from the board, Swinney shared a story about Currie from an observation of one of Currie’s classes he conducted, and he said it was one of the best lessons he’d witnessed.
Currie spoke before being honored, in order to give recognition to the WISD Future Farmers of America chapter and its ag program.
He said this has been “a fantastic year all the way around,” and mentioned the addition to the faculty of Jacob Spivey. In competitions, several students made it to area-level, while two made it to state.
“I’m proud of all our successes,” Currie said.
He mentioned that Ellen Meredith, who is the incoming Warren FFA President, is an area officer.