RANDOLPH - When the Randolph Central School buses leave to pickup students for the new school year Friday morning, veteran bus driver Norm Moon and bus monitor Joan Hale will possibly be sitting on their front porch enjoying the warm morning sun.
Moon, who started driving in 1977, is retiring after 33 years behind the wheel. Hale began monitoring on buses in 1986 and retires after 24 years. Randolph's 18 buses average 1,050 miles per day traveling in one of the larger geographic school districts.
Under the New York State Part A retirement incentive program, 12 teachers retired from Randolph this year, a cumulative of 316 years of teaching. Marcia de la Cerda tops the list with her 43 years teaching English.
Reportedly all retiring positions have been filled and a full teaching staff will start Friday.
A release from Superintendent Kimberly Moritz points out the difference in retiring salaries and the newly hired teachers will result in lower school taxes for residents in the district.