By John Anderson

The end of the school year is a hectic time for teachers and staff in our public schools. While most students simply turn in their books and clean out their lockers, teachers must prepare their classrooms to sit idle for about ten weeks. This spring was even more complicated as over half of Auburn’s teachers had to pack up for a move to another building.

The first move is from the old middle school to the new Auburn Middle School on West St. that will open in September. Then, all grade 3-5 students and faculty will move from Julia Bancroft and Pakachoag schools to the Swanson Road Intermediate School which is currently being renovated. The final move is for K-2 students at Mary D. Stone to go up the hill to Pakachoag. Only Bryn Mawr and Auburn High are left out of the program.

Nine teachers fortunately don’t need to be part of the chaos since they have elected to retire. All have devotedly served the Auburn Public Schools, and they have packing of their own to do as they leave the classroom for the last time. Some have served the district for over 30 years.

The retirees by school are: Mary D. Stone – Beth Chase, Principal and Maureen Armstrong, Reading Specialist; Bryn Mawr – Patricia Horgan, Grade 1, Rachel Lacombe, Grade 2, and Laura Jaffarian, Moderate Special Needs; Pakachoag – Sandy Coons, Grade 3; Auburn Middle School – Barbara Allaire, Grade 6 ELA and Jeff Rudert, Grade 8 Math; along with Elementary Psychologist Karen Paulin.

Auburn Mass Daily wishes all retirees a long and leisurely break. They all deserve it.