GODLEY — Godley ISD is set to celebrate the district’s employees that are retiring, and the celebration will come in the form of a parade.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Godley ISD is unable to hold its traditional retirement celebration get-together, but the Wildcat family still wanted to find a way to honor its dedicated employees that are moving on to the next chapter in their lives.
“We wanted to honor and celebrate our employees that have worked so hard and given so much to our students and community,” Godley Superintendent Rich Dear said. “And with our current restrictions on large group gatherings, we aren’t able to have our traditional district-wide retirement celebration, but we were determined to find a way.”
The retirement parade begins at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Godley High School. Those in attendance are asked to park in the high school parking lot and remain in their vehicle. Godley ISD will also livestream the parade for those that cannot attend.
It won’t be the first celebration parade Godley ISD has held this year because of the coronavirus; the district also honored its seniors with a parade earlier in the month.
“Our senior cap and gown parade was such a success that we decided to honor our retirees in the same way,” Dear said. “I love the quote: ‘Retirement is when having a good time is your only job,’ and we wish nothing but happiness for our retiring Godley family members.”
Godley ISD will honor 17 retirees in the celebration parade. Combined, the set-to-retire employees have a combined 450 years of service in education.
Bob Bell, a Godley High School coach and teacher, is among those retiring. Bell taught and coached for 31 years, including eight in Godley. He said GISD holding this parade to honor the retirees is the sort of typical class he's come to expect from GISD and the community.
“It’s just how Godley has always been,” Bell said. “That’s why I’ve been here longer than anywhere else. Country school with good people. I always enjoyed working here because it’s good people.”
Bell said he will plan on riding his Harley motorcycle in the parade.
Godley ISD employees that are retiring include Penny Chesshir-Reynolds and Vickie Roe, food service; Bobby Reynolds, maintenance; Vicki Kattner, librarian; Sue McPherson, administration; Hortencia Garcia, Wendy James and Renee McCoy, elementary school; Melony Hunt, Kathy Brister, Linda Dean and Teresa Greer, intermediate school; Linda Armstrong, Kathleen Baker and Ron Petty, middle school; and Bob Bell and Barbara Delbrail, high school.
For those in attendance who wish to bring cards or gifts for the retirees, collection bins will be available.