Celebrating the lasting impact of District employees and supporters
The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) recently came together to celebrate the 2022 retirees, 25-year service employees, and recipients of the Friend of Education Awards. On Tuesday, May 31, the OASD Board of Education honored 36 retiring employees and 22 employees with 25-years of service at the District’s Annual Retirement and Recognition Dinner at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel. School board members recognized each retiree and shared stories of their impact and time in the District. Retirees also received a glass apple and certificate as a lasting reminder of their time with the OASD, and those honored for 25-years of service received a clock.
A complete list of honorees, including reflections from retirees, is available in the OASD Board of Education 38th Annual Retirement & Recognition Program Booklet.
During the annual tradition, honorees and guests enjoyed opening remarks by Superintendent Bryan Davis, as well comments from School Board President, Bob Poeschl and School Board Vice President, Barb Herzog.
“We are blessed to have exceptional people who have committed to serving students and families in order to make our community a better place,” said Superintendent Bryan Davis. Our retirees and those honored for their years of service truly make Oshkosh a great place to learn. On behalf of the entire Oshkosh Area School District, I extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation.”
In addressing the crowd, School Board President Bob Poeschl reflected on the incredible impact of OASD employees. “All of you being recognized here today represent what it takes to shape a community, what it takes shape children of our school district,” said Poeschl. “Lives are better because of you.”
The District also honored recipients of this year’s Friend of Education award. The award was established to recognize individuals or corporations for their support of public schools, not only financially, but for their personal involvement as well.
Longtime District supporter Jim Chitwood received the 2022 Individual Friend of Education Award. Chitwood served as a school board member from 1989-1998. He was a founding member of the Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation, where he helped build the vision, mission, and guiding principles, along with supporting the Foundation’s main fundraising event, Trivia Night. In addition, Chitwood served on both Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) 1.0 and FAC 2.0 and helped others gain awareness of referendums. He also chaired the United Way Campaign to support students and families in the community.
The 2022 Corporate Friend of Education Award was presented to the Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club of Oshkosh. The Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis is a group of local volunteers whose mission is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis is a family of servant leaders who has raised over $100,000 to award to teachers through various educational grants at the annual Celebrate Education event. They partner with the Communities Program at Oshkosh North High School to support their various missions and causes. In addition, they hold a K-kids Club of future Kiwanians at Oaklawn Elementary, and are the Partner at Learning (PAL) at Merrill Elementary School.