Upshur school leader retires

The Upshur County Board of Education approved the retirement of Superintendent Scott Lampinen Wednesday.

Lampinen’s retirement will be effective June 30. The Board of Education did not name a new or interim superintendent to fill the vacancy. Lampinen said he is sure the board will begin discussing the process soon.

Lampinen said he has served for 35 years in various roles within Upshur County Schools.

“I’ve had so many terrific memories,” Lampinen said.

He started his career with the school system as a teacher at Main Street Primary School at the age of 22. By the age of 25, he became a principal, marking the beginning of his long administrative career.

“The best memories that I have are when former students, now adults, come back to me and say I’ve made a difference with them,” Lampinen said. “They may not have agreed with what happened at the time, but they’ve come back and said ‘Thank you.’ I think that’s the biggest compliment anyone can get.

“I hope that I’ve served the children and the students here in the Upshur County community well.”

Lampinen said that “you do kind of know when it’s time (to retire).” He said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and having more days to enjoy in the summer.

Lampinen is not alone in his retirement this year. He recognized 28 other employees who also expect to retire this school year. Lampinen said those employees had a combined 810 years of experience.

Service employees retiring include William Buckman, John Burnside, Keith Cutright, Richard Cutright, Sherry Dean, Eugene Hornbeck, Charlotte Philipps, Tommy Posey, Carol Swisher and Philip Ward.

Professional employees retiring include Elizabeth Abel, Joanne Bennett, Darrell Burgess, Richard Cowley, Francisco Figueroa, Daniel Green, Peggy Hall, Carmel Lantz, Susan Long, Ann Mickle, Andrew Scott, Sonnie Shaw, Mickey Tenney, Kathy Turner, Roy Wager, Janell Wine, John Ward and Jo Ella Willis.