Superintendent of Hastings schools Carrie Duits was honored at a retirement party Friday as she stepped down from the district after five years at the helm. Duits attended Hasting schools, graduating in 1975.
“It has been a blessing to our community to have Carrie return home to Hastings and finish her career and leave an everlasting impression on our district,” said Board of Education President Luke Haywood.
“She made Hastings her school of choice, stepped in to lead our district and help our administration team get us back on track and put us in the good position we are in today…She has been a real visionary in helping us create and update our dynamic plan to help lead our district down the right path.”
Others who spoke during the event used words like leadership and determination often. Students from all the district schools made presentations for Duits, with gifts that fit their grade level.
Duits kept her composure thanking everyone for their thoughtfulness and support and helping make her dream come true.
“I told myself I’m not going to cry," she said, tearing up.
She and husband Tom will stay in Hastings with frequent trips to Colorado see family and grandchildren. She will help with the transition with incoming superintendent Daniel Remenap and offered to help the district with anything they ask in the future. “Anything but drive a school bus,” she quipped. “I won’t drive a bus.”
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Superintendent Carrie Duits maintains her composure while thanking the crowd for helping her dream come true at her retirement party Friday.
(middle left) Superintendent Carrie Duits (left) stands with school board members Dan Patton, Valerie Slaughter, Lois Wierenga Jr and Jennifer Eastman as board president Luke Hayward speaks.
(top right) Dylan Krueger, from Star Elementary, gives retiring superintendent Carrie Duits a bouquet at her retirement party.
(midddle right) Hastings High School representatives found the perfect gift for strong Saxon supporter Superintendent Carrie Duits, a Saxon flag.
(lower left) The commons at the Hastings Middle School is filled with well-wishers at Superintendent Carrie Duits retirement party.
(lower right) Eva Rowley, left, and Madison Chipman, Northeastern Elementary sudents, present a painting and hand made flowers to retiring Superintendent Carrie Duits.