Lifelong Hor­net

Bryant em­ployee re­tires af­ter 30 years

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

Af­ter work­ing for the Bryant School Dis­trict since 1988, Patsy Pad­gett has got­ten into a daily rou­tine. She said she will miss that rou­tine now that she has re­tired.

She has en­joyed her in­ter­ac­tions with stu­dents ev­ery day, she said.

Pad­gett’s ca­reer be­gan more than 30 years ago af­ter her hus­band, Bob Pad­gett, cur­rent di­rec­tor of the dis­trict’s main­te­nance de­part­ment, who has also worked for the dis­trict since 1988 sug­gest

ed she man­age the stu­dent cen­ter. The cen­ter at the time was lo­cated at Bryant Ju­nior High School.

In the early 1990s, she be­gan work­ing at the

Bryant High School li­brary and she has been there ever since.

Prior to work­ing at the school, Patsy was a stay-ath­ome mom and a sub­sti­tute teacher.

Re­cently, Patsy was named a 2019 clas­si­fied em­ployee of the year.

“Mrs. Pad­gett helps stu­dents with dyslexia, sup­port­ing them so they find suc­cess. She re­spects and is kind to every­one she meets. Her heart for peo­ple is inspiring to all those who work with her,” said Dr. Karen Wal­ters while rec­og­niz­ing Patsy dur­ing a Bryant School Board meet­ing.

The Pad­gett’s con­nec­tion to the Bryant School Dis­trict started long be­fore they were em­ploy­ees.

Both of them grad­u­ated from Bryant High School and even met while at­tend­ing school there.

When they met, Patsy was in ninth grade. They were both “ba­bies,” she said.

Patsy had met one of Bob’s friends and she went to church with him one day. Bob took her wal­let and told her he wouldn’t give it back un­less she went to the movies with him.

She told him to keep it and went home. Later, he came to her home and re­turned the wal­let.

“I can’t be­lieve my mother let me go to the movie with him,” Patsy said. “I did go that night to a drive-in the­atre.”

Patsy was one of the 36 grad­u­ates in the Class of 1955. Af­ter she grad­u­ated, the cou­ple was mar­ried on July 31, 1957.

Their three daugh­ters, Laquita Crist, Maleta Stephens and Marty Hat­field, all grad­u­ated from Bryant High School. While their daugh­ters at­tended school in Bryant, Bob served on the school board for about 14 years, Patsy said.

The Pad­gett’s six grand­sons are also Bryant grad­u­ates as well.

“We’ve in­vested our whole life (in Bryant),”

Patsy said. “We’ve seen a lot of change.”

She said she will miss the rou­tine she has set­tled into af­ter 30 years, but she will have plenty to do dur­ing re­tire­ment.

She is look­ing for­ward to trav­el­ing. The cou­ple en­joys cruis­ing and would like to visit Alaska again.

They al­ready have a trip to the beach planned with their en­tire fam­ily this sum­mer.

Along with trav­el­ing, the cou­ple has lots to keep them busy at home. They have a farm on their fam­ily’s land with cat­tle, one horse and a gar­den to main­tain. Bob is also a bee­keeper.

Bob, who was orig­i­nally plan­ning to re­tire this year, had de­cided to stay one more year at the dis­trict so he can fin­ish the sev­eral projects cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion across the dis­trict.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Patsy Pad­gett poses for a pic­ture with her hus­band Bob Pad­gett af­ter re­cently be­ing named a 2019 clas­si­fied em­ployee of the year. Both of them have worked for the dis­trict for decades.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.