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Staff | Beacon Lee recalls memories and changes at Union COOPERDALE - Phyllis McKee Lee has a long history with Union School. She and her husband Donald both graduated from Union when it was a high school. Th eir three children attended the school and they’ve had grandchildren go there. Phyllis also taught there for close to 30 years. She saw the school go through many changes both as a stu- dent and a staff member. Secretaries “Before 1957 there was no permanent secretary to the principals,” Phyllis said. “Offi ce girls were employed to help with typing, errands, attendance, etc. A junior girl was paid $5 per month and a senior girl made $10. I was employed both my junior and senior years. Believe it or not that was a lot of money.” Full time secretaries were: Helen Graham, 1957-1960; Eileen Priode, 1960-1965; Pat Glass, 1965-1983; Elizabeth Laughlin Shearn, 1983-1985; Gladys Johnson Meek, 1985- 2002; and Toni Mercer Lee, 2002-2019. “All of these women were prior students of Union with the exception of Helen Graham and Pat Glass, although they both lived in the Union district,” Phyllis said. Non-certifi ed help Th ere were no aides, assistants or helpers in any way before the 1960s. “In 1958, when I was fi rst employed as a third grade teacher, I had 37 students,” Phyllis said. “Th e only ‘extra’ that I had was music a couple times a week when the teacher, John Hutson, came to my classroom. He was responsible for grades one through high school, band and choir included. He was spread thin. In 1958 there were eight classrooms in the elementary plus the junior high and the high school.” She added that teachers were on their own for physical education class and a librarian wasn’t added until the 1960s. “I don’t believe there was an elementary phys ed teacher until the 1970s,” Phyllis said. “Each teacher was respon- sible for their own playground duty. Art teachers came much later. So basically an elementary teacher had to be well rounded and covered every aspect of the child’s edu- cation. Th ere were no breaks from the time school started in the morning until the students left for home. When I retired in 1992, we had art once a week, music twice, gym twice, library once, a half hour for lunch, and shared play- ground duties. Aides and volunteers were a godsend.” Cafeteria A cafeteria did not exist until 1949 when a new addition was added on to the current building. “Th e meals served from that kitchen were all made from scratch and prepared by some excellent cooks from the area,” Phyllis said. “I believe some of the fi rst cooks were: Hattie McKee, Twila Amiot Carle, Ruth McKee, Flora Richard, Etta Faye Bucy, Eloise Mizer, Mary Waybright, Mary Hughes, Susie Hoy, and Ila Moran Chaney. Th ey were all excellent cooks serving real mashed potatoes, meatloaf, homemade chili and soup beans and real baked goods. We had cookies, cakes, biscuits, and cornbread. We all had our favorite. Food that was left over could be purchased by the staff and the local pigs were the recipi- ents of the garbage.” Janitors “Th e janitors were always an important part of the school,” Phyllis said. “Th e fi rst janitor was Cliff Wright, a local man. Next came Jim Forshey with the help of his wife. His son and daughter were graduates of Union. Th en we had Roy and Willa Guthrie, followed by Roy Ashcraft, Dorothy Davis Richard, Russell Stairheim, Ron Shearn, Don Shearn, Nancy Shearn, Richard Cunningham, and Benny Th omas.” Bus Drivers Th ere have been many bus drivers over the years. Th e ones that come to mind for Phyllis are: Bob Dickerson, Roy Dickerson, Carl Gault, Francis Smailes, Edgar and Marilyn Little, Bonnie Stevens, Russell Crowthers, Russell Taylor, Dorothy Richard Davis, Boyd Locke, Naomi Percy, Juddy Lohr, Brenda Gilmore, Wilma Taylor, Chris Guil- liams, Donna Gross, Cathy Rowe, Linda Slaughter, Rich- ard Cunningham, Lavada Dudgeon, and Rita Reeb. “In the early years all the drivers were men, but now most of them are women,” Phyllis said. Aides Th ree long-time aides Phyllis remembers are: Mildred McDonald, Gladys Meek, and Judy Guthrie. 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