Talk about it all happening at once. There’s one person who can tell you what it is like to retire, have a birthday and get married, all within less than a three week span of time. Nola Wyatt was just one month short of spending 23 years in the District 9 Transportation Department, when she retired Dec. 19, 2008 or her birthday. And, for those who don’t yet know, she and Greg Lecuyer, former District 9 business manager, were married the day after Thanksgiving.
Nola was hired as a secretary/bus driver 22-plus years ago. In mid 1996 she was named interim District 9 transportation manager when manager Kathy Reynolds died. Nola held the position for a year when she was appointed manager.
“I thought I was going to retire this year before I had to make that 3 a.m. run to check the roads, but that didn’t happen,” said Nola. She explained that in weather such as the area experienced last week, she and her mechanic would take their 4-wheel rigs to check various areas. She said different districts usually check with another and then she places a call to Superintendent Cynda Rickert who makes the final determination on keeping school open, delaying or canceling school.
Nola will be joining Greg in Corvallis where he is that school district’s transportation director.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent