Weston schools to lose some veteran teachers

Weston Public SchoolsAt the end of every school year come notices of retirements and resignations. This year is no exception.

The following staff members are retiring from the Weston school district at the end of June:

  • Doris Fiotakis, high school curriculum instructional leader for the English Department, 39 years;
  • John Drummond, high school curriculum instructional leader for language arts, 24 years;
  • Mary Kate House, middle school math, 13 years;
  • Margaret Taylor, middle school family and consumer sciences, 23.5 years;
  • William Slattery, middle school special education, 34 years;
  • Roberta Stone, middle school social studies, 16 years;
  • Lorriane Westervelt, middle school technology education, 30 years;
  • Lois Perlah, Hurlbutt Elementary School reading, 20 years;
  • Geraldine Leka, intermediate school fourth grade, 14 years;

The following staff members are resigning, effective at the end of the school year:

  • Sarah Kiska, middle school special education;
  • Barbara Skrebutenas, middle school music;

Colleen Palmer, superintendent of schools, said, “Many of the staff members that are retiring have been with us for 20-30 years and have been an integral part of Weston public schools. We wish the retiring veteran staff well, but they will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Palmer is actively engaged in the hiring process but points out, “It’s difficult to replace someone who has a lifetime of teaching experience.”

The process is ongoing and Dr. Palmer is “constantly recruiting talent, but we don’t settle,” she said.

One area of focus is hiring another Latin teacher because “we have such high enrollment of students who seek to take Latin that we are looking for additional staff members.”

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