HARTINGTON — Over 163 years of teaching experience will walk out the door when the spring semester comes to a close this May at Hartington-Newcastle Public School.
HNS School Board members Monday accepted the resignations of four long-time teachers here.
Sue Brodersen, Dave Rhenstrom, Kristi Bult and Jerry Bult have all indicated they plan to retire at the end of the school year.
“They will definitely be missed. I can’t thank them enough for their dedication to our kids, to our school, and to our community,” Supt. A.J. Johnson said after Monday’s School Board meeting. “They have molded countless lives for the past 40 or more years and have made a significant, positive impact on our kids. They are the best that is Hartington-Newcastle Public Schools. We wish them nothing but the best in retirement.”
The early retirement package was created in an effort to save the District money on payroll.
All four of the teachers began teaching here at about the same time.
Family and Consumer Science teacher Sue Brodersen has taught at Hartington for 42 years.
Rhenstrom and Jerry Bult joined the local teaching staff one year later, in 1976. Kristi Bult started teaching here 39 years ago.
Jerry Bult has taught math ever since first coming to Hartington. Over the years he has held a variety of other positions at the school, including computer science. Besides math, Bult also teaches a physical education class and is an assistant football and track coach.
Kristi Bult teaches fourth grade.
Dave Rhenstrom is the fifth grade teacher at HNS. He also coaches the Junior High track program at the school.