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Jennie Weaver retires after 30 years with Board of Education

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By Kristen Snyder

Cheerful. Positive. Happy. Energetic. Dedicated. Strong. Wonderful. Missed.

Just a few words that friends and co-workers have used to describe Jennie Weaver who will be retiring from the Carroll County Board of Education on June 30 after 30 years of work with the district.

Weaver started in 1980 at the Carroll County Middle School working with troubled children four hours a day under the Positive Attitude Leadership grant, or PAL program. After doubt that the grant would be renewed the next year, she took a job as the cafeteria bookkeeper at the middle school, and then the following March, she became the secretary and bookkeeper for the middle school—a job that she would hold for more than 19 years.

In November 1999, she transferred to the Carroll County Board of Education central office and has spent another 10 and a half years as the secretary to the superintendent and board secretary.

“It’s been a fun ride. I wasn’t ready (to retire) at 27 years, but 30 seems right,” Weaver said. “I’ve enjoyed my work; I want to end it on a good note.”

She has worked with the board of education through four middle school principles, three superintendents and too many board members to count, Weaver said.

“I’ve never had a bad boss. I’ve been lucky; I’ve had a blast,” she said.

Along with working at the Carroll County Board of Education, Weaver also held a part-time job for the past 20 years. She worked for 15 years at Movie Gallery video store until October and before that she worked for five years as a ward clerk at the hospital.

“I’m used to the hustle and bustle and multi-tasking,” Weaver said. “I’ve been working since I was 16. I don’t know if I’ll be able to come to a full halt. I’ll be 62 in November, its time to enjoy my life.”

Over the past 30 years, Weaver said there have been a lot of changes. She reminisced about how when she started bookkeeping it was done with just a pencil, a ledger and a manual typewriter.

“When I got my first electronic typewriter with an eraser, I thought I had died and gone to heaven,” she said.

After Weaver retires at the end of this month, she hopes to focus on her grandchildren, tend to her home and yard, become more involved in her church and even travel a bit.

“Its bittersweet, I’ll miss the people,” Weaver said. “When you’ve been here 30 years you know everyone. They are my work family. It’s going to be hard; we’ve already shed a few tears.”

Co-worker Suzanne Kelley said that Weaver would be sorely missed at the office.

“She’s so wonderful to work with” Kelley said. “She is upbeat and is always good for a laugh.” 

Weaver won the 2010 Outstanding Employee of the Year for Administrative Support. Co-worker Tracie Crawford wrote the recommendation letter that nominated Weaver for the award. Crawford said. Weaver is very dedicated to the district, to the school system and tries to make the school district the best it can be.

Crawford will be taking over Weaver’s position after she retires. She said over the past five years they’ve worked together that Weaver has become like a mother to her because her own parents live far away.

“We’ve been through a lot, she is a strong woman,” Crawford said. “She is a wonderful friend and confidante. She is everything that Carroll County School district strives to be — dedicated doesn’t even begin to describe her. I hope that I can be half of what she has been.” 

Weaver said she has loved every phase of working for the board of education but is ready to move on.

“I’m going to try different things that I wasn’t able to do before,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of good memories and made a lot of good friends but I’m ready for a new adventure.”