• School board member Marty de la Torre, Wannette Sutton, Patricia Thompson, Sherry Horn and school board president Stephen Waldron

Boosters, School District Hold Awards Night

The Bourbon Boosters Club held its awards night in conjunction with the Crawford County R-1 School District on Thursday night.

Town & Country Bank and the Crawford County Library District were honored by the Boosters. Superintendent Patricia Thompson, kindergarten teacher Wannette Sutton and administrative assistant Sherry Horn were recognized for their upcoming retirement. 

Town & Country Bank was honored for 125 years of service. Employees from the Bourbon branch were present to accept a plaque.

Carol Hofstetter honored the library board for undertaking the formation of a new district in 2017 and launching it March 2018. Hofstetter complimented the board on its efforts to make the library system more robust and expand the weekly hours from 17 to 48.

Board members Annalee Williams, Tena Slovensky, Kyle Hofstetter and JImmy West, former board member Mark Wenner and director Elizabeth Outar were honored. 

Thompson, who has been superintendent since 2010, will be retiring after 29 years in education, which includes 23 at Bourbon. Prior to becoming superintendent, she served 12 years as the elementary school principal.

Sutton has been part of the Bourbon district for 32 years and has spent 40 years in education.

Horn has served 21 years in Bourbon. She previously spent a year and a half at Cuba.

Thompson said she spent a lot of time together with both Sutton and Horn.

“I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Wannette’s classroom through the years,” she said. “Many teachers think, ‘oh gosh, she’s doing evaluations,’ but you get to see the magic that takes place in our classrooms. Being in Wannette’s class was like a breath of fresh air.”

Thompson said Sutton has spent 40 years “making an impact on many, many lives” and it went beyond the students.

“She made an impact on parents and fellow teachers,” she said. “I will treasure those memories.”

Thompson and Horn have been together as an office team for 18 years, including more than seven at the central office. She said it has grown past being an office relationship. “It is a friendship that has developed over time.”

On her own retirement, Thompson thanked the community, students, staff and board members.

“This community is just so supportive of our schools and it shows each day,” she said. “Anyone who has spent time in our schools know we have great kids.”

The support also came from the staff and board.

“Sometimes you make decisions that aren’t the favorite of everyone,” she said. “Through it all, I’ve always felt supported by the staff and board. I can’t say enough about the blessings I have received through the years.”

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