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September 27, 2013

posted Sep 30, 2013, 9:28 AM by jmarcotte@sau4.org
September 27, 2013


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I am a creature of habit. I have always liked routines and schedules. I am not a fan of change. So this week was extra challenging as I had to say good-bye to two colleagues. Both individuals have been a cornerstone in our district and have supported me in many different ways.


Business Administrator Dan Rossner’s last day was Wednesday. Dan’s hard work and consistent professionalism got us through some difficult times within the district. His ability to work with many different groups of people awed me. He made himself available to walk me through budget questions and would simplify the complexities of building improvements such as the fire safety work at NHCS. His sense of humor would often lighten contentious debates during our administrative meetings. The way he stepped up to support both the district and Marie’s family during last year was incredible and admirable. 


Our chef (Newfound Nutrition) Donna Sprague, said good-bye on Thursday. Donna has worked in the kitchen at DES for 25 years! She is leaving to pursue her lifetime dream of making her family farm self-sustaining and an educational place for student groups. In celebrating Donna, our students created a “picture book” and our entire staff wore “We Mrs. Sprague” t-shirts

Over her career, Donna has cooked for over 2,500 people and served at least 270,000 meals. Her dedication, commitment and passion showed in all of her work. We were spoiled by her amazing cooking skills. Students loved her chicken nuggets, pizza, stuffed shells and pancakes, while the staff couldn’t wait for her mac ’n cheese, whoopie pies and breads! She made Christmas a little brighter by cooking our annual “Holiday Dinner”. We were always impressed by her creative spirit of incorporating the menu with Read Across America Week. Donna modeled our DES ROCKS mission statement every day! She showed our students that hard work could be both rewarding and fun. She always put the students’ needs ahead of bureaucracy.

 Both of these individuals will be sorely missed! I am trying to keep Dr. Seuss’ quote in mind,

“Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened.”


Have a great fall weekend!