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Robinson Wrapping Up 45-Year Career At USD 440

Posted 5/25/2017

CHARLIE Robinson is retiring from his position as USD 440’s IT director after serving the district in a variety of capacities for 45 years.  CHARLIE Robinson is retiring from his position as USD 440’s IT director after serving the district in a variety of capacities for 45 years. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—From the time he graduated college up through this year as he plans his retirement, Charlie Robinson has spent his entire 45-year career working for the Halstead-Bentley school district.

Robinson has most recently served as USD 440’s IT director, but his resume with the district is an expansive one that includes teaching several different subjects, coaching three sports, serving as athletic director and running the time clock for sporting events. He’s also served as a Mid-Kansas League Commissioner and spent 29 years officiating high school football and high school and college basketball.

Robinson said he has fond memories of his time here and that he will miss working with students. Over the years, Robinson has witnessed a lot of changes.

“If you stay someplace long enough, everybody around you changes,” he said. This includes working with eight different superintendents during his career.

He said he thought Bentley Primary School Principal Larry Hobbs, who is retiring this summer after 35 years with the district, was probably the next closest current employee to matching his 45 years, and that second-grade teacher Carol Holmes has also been with the district a long time.

One of his original supervisors, Gene Haydock, still serves on the Board of Education.

After 45 years, it’s not surprising that Robinson has taught the children of former students, but he said if he’s had any grandchildren of former students, he’s not aware of it.

Robinson is a graduate of Sedgwick High School and he got his start in Halstead by student teaching P.E. here through Bethel College in 1971. The following year he was hired as P.E. teacher.

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