Two members of the Blue Springs South High School On Wednesday, the family bid a moving farewell to their fellow Jaguar colleagues, friends and peers, and more than a few tears flowed, hugs were shared as countless memories came to life.
Tim Michael, who has been South Business Manager for the past nine years – as well as being on staff for the past 22 – and his loyal assistant Pam Hahn, who has worked at South for the past 26 years, have announced their departure from the retirement.
While Hahn looks forward to spending time with her husband Dennis and their children and grandchildren, Michael will be teaching math and assistant softball coach at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School.
“Tim and Pam are going to be tough acts to follow,” said Blue Springs South principal Charlie Belt, who is also leaving South to become assistant superintendent of the Blue Springs School District. “Tim is a pro of a pro. You know, if he’s involved, the job will and will be done the right way. The job that he, Pam and all of our teachers, coaches and staff have done over the course of the last school year is simply remarkable.
“And Pam, well, she’s just one of those amazing people whose sole purpose in life is to make life easier for the people she works with. She gets here at 6 in the morning, don’t leave them. game nights before 9:30 or 10 p.m. and she loves it. I know we’re still going to see Pam even after she retires. She’s an amazing part of our family and Tim and she will be missed, but we are too. very happy for them. ”
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Jon Grice, the boys’ soccer head coach who has been Michael’s AD assistant for the past six years, will be the school’s new director of operations; Associate Director Ryan Gettings will replace Belt; and Sarah Haines, who worked at John Nowlin Elementary School, will replace Hahn.
During a busy morning, friends and administrators stopped by the office to wish Hahn and Michael the best in their future endeavors.
“At the moment,” said a moved Hahn, “I don’t know if I really want to retire. It’s my home away from home, and I know I’m going to have a wonderful time with (my husband) Dennis – who was always there to help me distribute programs and get tickets to the games – and I’m going to be able to travel with my family, but at that point I’m wondering, “What was I thinking? “”
Both Hahn and Michael have said that the collection of memorabilia over their combined 48 years in South is simply overwhelming and wonderful.
“There’s no way I can pick that one, a special moment,” said Hahn, “because there have been so many. You think of all the balls, the state championships, the great games. But I think of the kids, all the kids that I feel like have become part of my family. ”
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Before the activities director’s office moved to the new high school freshman wing, Hahn had a huge bulletin board filled with newspaper clippings, photos, and notes from many of the students who served as assistants.
“Pam is amazing and made my life so much easier,” said Michael. “Any recognition she gets, she deserves it. I don’t know what we would have done without her.
“It’s an emotional day, but a great day to reflect and look back on my 22 years here and all of my years working with Mark (Bubalo) and Pam. You think of the three state football championships (which included Michael in as an assistant coach), the great success of so many programs and activities, our group, our drama department – you think of one big moment, then another big moment comes.
“It’s hard to say goodbye, but having a great guy like Jon in a seat in the office makes it a lot easier. ”
While Michael has been Bubalo’s deputy business manager for nine years, Grice has worked alongside Michael for the past six years.
“There is a great continuity in this office,” said Grice, who will be assisted by former men’s basketball head coach Jimmy Cain. “There is a tradition here that is so cool. Over the past 20 years we’ve had Mark and Tim, and now Jimmy and I are going to keep that tradition alive.”