After more than 20 years as the School Board of Highlands County’s secretary, Connie Scobey announced recently that she will be retiring in June.
Richard Farmer was superintendent and the board members were Robert Fitzgerald, Margaret Turnbull, Gwen Sanders-Hill, Pete Pollard and Bill Gene Smith, when Scobey became the board secretary.
Scobey started working for the school district 32 years ago as a migrant paraprofessional at Fred Wild Elementary School.
After two years she moved to the district office, where she worked in purchasing, accounts payable and as the finance secretary before become the school board secretary.
Scobey said she enjoyed her job, including the challenges from year to year with the legislative changes that kept her on her toes.
She also enjoyed meeting people and working with different personalities.
“It’s been an ongoing adventure; it really has because things change from board members to board members with the different elections,” Scobey said. “It’s been a very sweet ride; I’ve been very blessed.”
It will be a tough transition in this office, Scobey said, because she has worked with Superintendent Wally Cox for so many years and she has worked with Cox’s secretary, Pat Kules, for 17 years.
Scobey’s husband, Tom, retired in June from the school district’s facilities department.
The Scobeys plan to move to Tennessee.
Scobey signs off her emails with the following: Smile - Be Happy and remember “To handle yourself use your head, to handle others use your heart.”