Four NA teachers will retire early

    Four teachers at North Adams Community Schools have signed up for an early-retirement incentive program and will be leaving the district at the end of the current school year.
    Earlier this year the school board agreed to offer incentives of up to $15,000 in cash or tax-deferred accounts to a maximum of 10 and a minimum of five North Adams teachers who agree by to retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Meeting on Tuesday evening, the board agreed to waive the original minimum requirement and accept the four early retirements.
    Leaving the district at the end of the year will be Carol Pettibone, with nine years of experience; Kathleen Thieme, after 28 years with the district; Mary K. Witte, with 18 years of service; and Mark Venderly, with nine years of service time.
    "These have been four great teachers, and we're pleased for them," said Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk.
    An even longer-serving employee will also retire at the end of the school year when Marilyn Sauer departs after 37 years as a food service worker at Zion Lutheran School.
    Among other personnel matters addressed by the school board Tuesday was the acceptance of the resignation of high school visual arts teacher Pamela Hoose at the end of the current school year. Assigned to coaching positions were Jason Miskin, middle school assistant track; and Jerry Hurst, high school assistant football. Derek Schultz was named a volunteer for the middle school track program.