By: Lanetra Bennett
May 13, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - One Leon County school is about to say goodbye to a half dozen teachers and staff members, who together, have more than 200 years of experience under their belts.
These six employees -- five teachers and one administrative assistant-- at Ft. Braden School in Leon County are retiring this year.
Debi Tyler says a lot has changed in her 35 years of teaching third through eighth grade.
Tyler says, "Technology has just taken off. It used to be that we had the chalkboards, the big black chalkboards. Now, we have a Promethean Board and I work with a microphone and the students have laptops they're exposed to, computers."
Daryl Bennett has been in education for 38 years. He says, "I wish I was getting the retirement package that our esteemed legislators are getting."
Bennett says he's retiring a few years later than he wanted to because of finances.
He says, "They don't have to wait six, seven years and not get a pay increase. I wish they'd treat us like they treat themselves with health care and retirement packages. I am disappointed that teachers have not been given what's been promised to them."
The educators say despite the many challenges over the years, the main thing they'll miss most about retiring is the kids.
They're hoping the low pay and new teacher requirements don't put too much of a strain on new educators.
Linda Roberts' 40 years experience have all been at Ft. Braden School. She has a message for young teachers coming in: "I will be thinking about you and praying for you."
Ft. Braden School is holding a celebration for the retirees on Thursday, May 30th at 2 pm.
Tallahassee, FL - Six staff members at Ft. Braden School are retiring at the end of the month. They have more than 200 years of total experience in education.
WCTV will bring you more tonight on Eyewitness News.