At Monday’s monthly meeting, the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of Ben Ries, director of operations at Norfolk High School, to focus on recovering from the long-term effects of COVID-19.
Ries, a Norfolk alumnus, worked in the district for 19 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. His long list of accomplishments includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Coaching Association for a decade; recruit and fill nearly a dozen head coach positions; start the unified bowling and lane; the creation of the Norfolk College / Junior Volleyball Invitational; and much more.
“Sir. Ries has been a dedicated Panther and will be sorely missed,” said Superintendent Jami Jo Thompson. “We understand that he needs to focus on his health and his family at this time and wish him the best.”
Jeff Hoffman serves as Interim Director of Operations.
Ries requests that his privacy be taken into account, but he said it was an honor to serve the district and that he had been blessed with lasting memories and relationships.
“The life of a teacher, coach and administrator can be difficult to balance. NPS is fortunate to have exceptional servant-leaders in these roles,” he said in a statement. hurry. “I encourage my colleagues to ‘work their daily magic with the students’, but not at the expense of exercise, rest and caring for their families and loved ones.”
Ries said the past year has given him time to think about his own priorities.
“As I struggled to recover from COVID-19, the call for the ‘half-time’ of my career became clear,” he said. “It’s time to take a break, to start planning for the second half, while improving my health and spending time with my family. There will be adjustments and game planning to come out strong in the second half. time.”