The Bowling Green R-I School District bid farewell to an integral part of its operations last week.
An open house was held Thursday morning in honor of Dottie White, secretary to the superintendent, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
Past and present district employees, as well as several local residents effected by Ms. White’s years of dedicated service stopped in to say good-bye and congratulations.
During the open house, White was recognized by State Representative Jim Hansen with a state proclamation thanking her for her years of employment and continued dedication to the school district.
Board of Education member Louise Hunter also honored White with a plaque and gifts on behalf of the Board.
Throughout the event, White had nothing but thanks and appreciation to offer towards those in attendance.
The secretary has served the district for 23 years, and has worked under nearly 10 superintendents during her tenure.
Current superintendent Darin Powell was quick to credit White as the backbone of the district.
“Dottie has been a loyal and dedicated employee for 23 years,” Powell said. “She has always greeted everyone in person or on the phone with a warm smile and positive attitude.”
A smiling face and polite demeanor was guaranteed to greet any visitors to the district’s central office as long as White was at her desk. It’s these qualities which set White apart from the rest of the pack and make her such a valuable entity to the district’s conduction.
“Dottie has been the heart and soul of our district and will be greatly missed,” the district superintendent added. “We wish her nothing but the best in her well deserved retirement.”
Bowling Green R-I Superintendent Darin Powell, Dottie White, and State Representative Jim Hansen posed for a photo during an open house held in honor of White’s retirement.