Lubinski and Wallace submit letters of retirement

    Two longtime Crookston Public Schools staff members who weren’t administrators or classroom teachers but made a lasting impact on kids and their colleagues received a heaping portion of accolades this week when the Crookston School Board accepted and approved each of their letters of retirement.

    Retiring are Patty Lubinski, special education administrative assistant, and Mary Jo Wallace, Highland School administrative assistant. Both retirements are effective at the end of December.

    “Patty has been the heart and soul of the Special Education Department for a number of years,” said Special Services Director Kathy Stronstad. “I could never have asked for a better administrative assistant than Patty. I wish her the best in retirement.”

    Board member Patty Dillabough recalled when she had a child with special needs, and Lubinski “being my go-to person.”

    Superintendent Chris Bates dedicated much of his comments during the board meeting to Lubinski and Wallace.

    “Many people have given a lot to Crookston schools, and tonight we have retirement letters from two ladies who have given their whole lives to the school district,” he said. “It’s really not about a career or a just a job, it’s been a calling. I would personally like to thank them both for a life of dedication and a life of service to the district. They’ve both been great people to work with.”