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DCMS employees retire

Duo served more than 70 years combined in school system

POSTED: June 3, 2009 4:00 a.m.
Photo/Elizabeth Hamilton/

The retirement of long-time Dawson County Middle School employees Regina Evans, left, and Barbara Wallace was celebrated at the middle school last week.

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Last week, Dawson County Middle School bid farewell to two long-time faculty members Regina Evans and Barbara Wallace.


“Seventy plus years of service for people is impressive and the school system should be very proud of these two ladies,” said Doug Fields, former Dawson County Middle School principal.


Wallace dedicated 36 years to serving in the front office of both Dawson County Middle School and Riverview Middle School.


Janice Darnell, director of student support and former Riverview principal, shared that the two retirees were dependable, loyal and passionate about the work they did.


“As a principal, the biggest and most stressful responsibility is the safety of the children and employees in your building,” Darnell said.


“My stress and worries were eased knowing that Barbara (Wallace) was there to guard the front door and assist me in assuring the safety of everyone at school during the day.”


Evans served 34 years in the media centers of both middle schools.


“When Riverview was about to open, we had so many boxes to go through and so many things that had to get done in order to have it ready for the kids,” Darnell said.


“Regina (Evans) stepped right in and tackled that big job without a hair out of place and without breaking a sweat,” Darnell light-heartedly added.


“I appreciate the work, dedication and loyalty of both of these wonderful ladies. I am glad to have known them and worked with them, and they will be greatly missed,” Darnell said.


Mark Merges, principal at Dawson County Middle School, said that Evans and Wallace have been so helpful and supportive.


“Both of these ladies are especially important because they were a big part of getting this new school up and going,” Merges said.


“I know they have seen many principals and broken many in during their time here. They completed the family here at the middle school and I am honored to have known them and to have had the chance to work with them both,” Merges added.


Evans and Wallace each received a plaque, honoring their years of service.


With no immediate plans for the coming year, both ladies said they were looking forward to starting their retirements off by relaxing at home.


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