Central Office employees at the Knox County Board of Education are wishing two colleagues the best in their upcoming retirement.¬†
Judy Chesnut, treasurer and bookkeeper, and David Cole, public relations director, retired from the Knox County Board effective September 1st.¬†
Chesnut has been employed by the Board for 31 years.¬† Prior to becoming a bookkeeper and treasurer in the finance department, she was a secretary for special education.
When asked recently what she would miss most about the Board, Chesnut simply stated ‚Äúthe people, working with the people.‚ÄĚ
Riding motorcycles with her husband and traveling are among her plans for retirement.¬† Chesnut also hopes to spend more time with her mother and family.¬† Her husband, Donnie, is a self-employed truck driver.¬†¬†They¬†have three children, Ginger Adams, Angie Young, and Corey Chesnut.¬†
A retirement luncheon was held for Judy Chesnut on Friday, August 27th, at the Knox County Middle School old gymnasium.
Cole has been employed by the Knox County Board for over 15 years.¬†¬† In addition to duties as public relations director, he also served as the district‚Äôs grant writer.¬† Before coming to the Board, Cole was a writer and editor at the Barbourville Mountain Advocate newspaper. ¬†
During his tenure at the Board, Cole recognized and celebrated the achievements of thousands of students.¬† Although student recognitions are what made his job most rewarding, Cole says that the on-going changes in education are just as exciting.¬† ‚ÄúI‚Äôve seen the district, in my opinion, really improve its teaching to address a more variety of students‚ÄĚ. ¬†Cole looks forward to seeing the district continuing to move forward with its teaching and learning.
‚ÄúDavid‚Äôs passion for recognizing achievements has motivated many students to keep on shooting for the next level and to continue to strive towards excellence‚ÄĚ, said colleague Frank Shelton.¬† ‚ÄúHis knowledge and friendship will certainly be missed in the department.‚ÄĚ
From kayaking to canoeing and hiking, Cole has a variety of plans for his retirement.¬† Cole also hopes to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren.¬† His wife, Betty, is tourism director for Barbourville.¬† They have three daughters, Robin, Elizabeth and Suzanne. ¬†¬†The latest grandson, named Cole, was born last month to daughter Elizabeth.¬†
David Cole was honored at the August 24th meeting of the Knox County Board of Education.¬†¬† He was presented a plaque by Superintendent Walter T. Hulett for his contributions to education in Knox County.
Click here to read an article about Cole that was composed by co-op students working in the public relations department at the Knox County Board.This article was posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 10:28 pm.