The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 14, 2013

Bidding farewell

By Katie Dahlstrom Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — For the first time in 55 years, Mark Kapusinski will not have a first day of school to anticipate. The Clinton vocal music teacher is retiring after 29 years with the Clinton School District. His wife Nancy also is retiring. With 22 years at the district under her belt, she is looking forward to the freedom her retirement will bring.

“I feel great,” Mark said. “I’m looking forward to no more deadlines. This is the first time since I was 5 years old that I won’t have a first day of school.”

Members of the Clinton School District recognized the commitment and accomplishments of 23 retirees during an honors ceremony Monday at Eagle Heights Elementary School.

In addition to looking forward to retirement, the Kapusinskis said they will miss their students, who have provided them with an abundance of memories.

“I’m really going to miss the relationships with the kids,” said Nancy, who is a special education teacher at Lyons Middle School.

Superintendent Deb Olson applauded the retirees during the ceremony for their dedication and expressed her appreciation for the impact they have had on the school district and the community.

“They have truly made a difference in the lives of these kids,” Olson said.

The honored retirees were: Cathie Adkins, Deb Beck, Margi Bengston, Judy Carstensen, Bev Christiansen, Jan Culbertson, Andrea Evans, Marilyn Fee, Connie Fuglsang, David Gassman, Pat Hagge, Sandy Hermes, Joy Horst, Ginger Ivory, Mark Kapusinski, Nancy Kapusinski, Connie Kent, Jack Martinez, Mark Massey, Barb Russell, Jan Schultheis, Maureen Smith and Linda Troutman.