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2019 Retirement and Longevity Banquet

Employees honored for years of service

2019 Retirement and Longevity Banquet The Wichita Public Schools honored its retirees and long-time employees during a special banquet held on April 29 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. 

This year, a total of 177 retiring employees are being recognized. The employees have a combined total of more than 4,371.5 years of service to the district.  

Each retiree who attended the banquet was recognized individually for their years of service for the Wichita Public Schools and was handed a rose by a Board of Education member and Superintendent Alicia Thompson. 

Employees who have worked for the district for 20, 30 and 40 years were also recognized for their years of service. There are 167 employees who have worked in the district for 20 years, 45 employees who have worked in the district for 30 years and two employees who have worked in the district for 40 years. 

Shawn Chastain, Executive Coordinator of Fine Arts, was the Master of Ceremonies. Superintendent Alicia Thompson and Board of Education President Mike Rodee thanked the employees for their hard work and their dedication to our students. 

The Northwest High School Orchestra performed as guests entered the banquet room. The Jefferson Elementary Over the Rainbow dance troupe performed during the banquet. The Hadley Middle School Leadership Cadets led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the banquet and assisted BOE members, Superintendent Thompson and district leadership as they handed out the roses to the retirees. 

For photos of the event, click here. To receive a copy of a photo, email Susan Arensman and include the number on the top of the photo. 

A special publication listing the retirees and 10-, 20- and 30-year longevity recipients can be found by clicking here.  Additional employees who retired after the deadline for the special publication can be seen at 

The Retirement and Longevity Banquet was sponsored by First Student.