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August 24, 2017
Harvey County IndependentAugust 24, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Wells Will Miss Working For Burrton Schools

Posted 8/24/2017

SHARON Wells is retiring from her position as USD 369 Board Clerk after 13 years with the district. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Arizona. SHARON Wells is retiring from her position as USD 369 Board Clerk after 13 years with the district. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Arizona. By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Sharon Wells, who served 13 years as the Burrton School District’s board clerk, is retiring from her position. Her final day will be Aug. 25.

“I’m really sad I can’t continue,” she said.

Wells’s husband, Tom, recently became the director of radiology at a hospital in Arizona, and the two are in the process of moving there. Tom has already been there for three weeks, while she stayed behind to sell their house in Hutchinson. She plans to join him Aug. 28.

The Wellses had lived in Hutchinson for not quite a year, and for the 19 years before that their home was in Halstead, where they raised five children who have all since moved out of the area.

“That’s why we’re going, I guess,” she said. “We’re empty-nesters, have been empty-nesters for quite some time.”

Wells’s 13 total years as board clerk have a two-year break in the middle.After her first five or six years, she resigned to help start a church plant in Halstead, RiverPoint Church, which later moved to Newton. She and her husband also helped start Crossroads Church in Halstead.

During the two years she was away from the district she also worked for Central National Bank in Halstead, and she remembers having a conversation with a coworker about how much she loved and missed her previous job.

“He said, will it ever become open? And I said no, that job doesn’t come open. Board clerks get in there and they stay because the school system is a good place to retire,” Wells said.

That very same night, she received a phone call from the school board president saying the clerk had left and they could use her help.

“Is that not weird?” Wells asked. “I tell you what, that’s the work of God right there.”

She was rehired for the job and has worked there since.

It’s the people she worked with that Wells will miss most about this job, she said.

“I love this school,” she said. “I love the staff, the administration, the board. They’re just so much fun to work with. They love this school; they love this community and that’s a good thing.”

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