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(Neb)-Veteran Chadron Teacher Retiring, Grad Returning

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/14/2017 08:53 AM
CHADRON - The Chadron School Board last night reluctantly accepted the retirement resignation of one long-time teacher - Lavonne Hanson - and approved a contract for a Chadron High graduate  - Travis Hencey - to return to his alma mater as a teacher.

      Hanson has been in the Chadron Public Schools for only 11 years, but has taught locally for 33 as she started with the rural Praire Home District, which was forcibly merged into Chadron by the state in 2006, then came to the Middle School when the rural attendance centers were closed 6 years ago.

       In her letter, Hanson thanked Superintendent Dr Caroline Winchester, Middle School Principal Nick Dressel, and the board for making her transition between schools as smooth as possible.

       She called her career "very rewarding" and said she would "definitely miss it," but felt her family and aging parents now need to be her priority.

     Hanson is the fourth veteran teacher to announce their retirement and school board president Tom Menke says that like the others, it will be impossible to fully replace her.


Travis Hencey will take over as the high school and middle art teacher from the retiring Patty Bird. Menke says the classes will take a different tack because of Hencey's background in graphic arts and design.

    The Chadron school board last night also continued a tradition and approved the use of a district bus to take the students on the May Washington, D.C., trip to and from the Rapid City airport.

    The students and chaperones have raised or contributed all the funds for the trip and will also pay the expenses of the bus and driver for the trips to the airport.


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