This weekend, the three high schools in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will conduct graduation ceremonies, formally marking the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Hundreds of students will move on to the next phase of their lives, be it higher education or the workforce. But graduating seniors aren’t the only ones experiencing a new phase in their lives.

A combined 37 teachers and support staff are calling this school year their last one with Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

They have more than 900 years of service combined. That’s a remarkable number to ponder, an average of about 25 years per retiree with the district. It represents a wealth of knowledge, along with dedication to their chosen careers.

It’s a teacher’s primary job to educate children and open their worlds to new possibilities. The support staff’s contributions also impact students, through clean facilities or nutritious lunch options, for example.

People who have spent part or all of their careers helping a school district in its mission to educate children deserve a round of applause. Their contributions are appreciated.

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