The 2014 Batesville Community School Corp. Staff Recognition Banquet was held Wednesday, May 7, at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall, reported superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts, who emceed the event that recognized 61 staff members for their dedicated years of service.
Individuals completing five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years were honored, as well as retirees and others who are leaving the corporation at the end of the school year.
Besides dinner, the evening included a photo booth that was available all night for the taking of fun photographs, a table game called Three Truths & a Lie that allowed dinner guests to get to know each retiree a little better, a video of all individuals being recognized that was set to music and prominently featured the retirees and a presentation of the Batesville Community Education Foundation’s Batesville Brilliance Awards that honored staff members in whose name money had been donated.
In particular, the event was an opportunity to demonstrate the corporation’s appreciation to the tireless efforts of 10 retiring staff members. They included Diana Baum, Batesville Middle School family and consumer sciences teacher; Rebecca Davies, Batesville Intermediate School art teacher; Mark Ferguson, BMS and Batesville High School athletic director; Teri Fledderman, BIS third-grade teacher; Emily Turchyn, BIS fifth-grade teacher; Dala Vonderheide, BIS special education teacher; Kathy Wagner, BMS sixth-grade reading and language arts teacher; Dave Westerfeld, BCSC bus driver; Connie Wuestefeld, Batesville Primary School receptionist; and Charlie Zimmerman, BHS science teacher.
Baum began teaching FACS at BMS in 1975. She has 39 years of experience in the same classroom.
Davies began her career with BCSC in 1998, giving her 16 years of teaching art for the corporation. She has 23 total years of experience in a career that started with the Cincinnati Public School system.
Mark Ferguson became the BHS athletic director in 1993 after teaching English there for six years. He has 27 years with Batesville and 37 years of teaching overall. He began teaching in 1974 at Indian Creek High School and then made stops at Fountain Central High School, North Decatur High School, Edinburgh High School, West Central High School, and Knox High School before landing at BHS in 1987.