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Long-time school secretary retiring

Sunday, June 10, 2012

After 32 years with the Clay Community Schools organization, East Side Elementary School secretary Regina Paullus recently announced her retirement. [Order this photo]
For 31 years, Regina Paullus has been a staple at East Side Elementary School.

Paullus has served as the school secretary during this time. In fact, she has worked for Clay Community Schools for 32 years, having served one semester as a playground aide at Meridian Elementary before heading to East Side.

But in July, Paullus' time at the school will come to a close.

Paullus recently announced she was retiring from the position.

Through her time as secretary, she has witnessed approximately 300 students per year.

"That's a lot," Paullus said.

But Paullus' ties to East Side go back even further than just working there. She was a fourth-grader when the school officially opened in 1957.

"I was here the first year the school opened," she said. "As a student, I came through those double doors, when it was a brand new building."

The school has received a makeover since then, and now the new entrance is in a different spot.

Paullus told The Brazil Times she considered retiring a couple of years ago, but wanted to stay through the remodeling.

"I wanted to see the completion," she said.

Her three sons all went to East Side and all of her grandchildren have also walked the school's hallways as students.

During her tenure as secretary, Paullus also worked as secretary for the school's Parent-Teacher Organization and helped plan the school's 25th and 50th anniversaries.

While she was at East Side, she worked with only two principals, including Denzil Adams and Mary Ray.

Since starting at East Side, she's seen some familiar names come through and now has seen children of students she worked with years ago.

"I can trace them back," she said.

Paullus said even though she is leaving her position, she will remain close to the school.

"I didn't want to say goodbye," she said. "But I get to start a new chapter."

She said one of her grandsons is in the fifth-grade at East Side, and she is looking forward to going with him on field trips.

She added she would miss the students the most.

"You never know what a band aid or a, 'Good morning,' will mean until later," Paullus said. "Those small things all secretaries do ... they mean so much to the (students)."

She added even though the entrance for the school has changed, she would leave East Side the same way she did came in 1957.

"When I go, I will go out the same double doors I came in," she said.

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Congrats Regina. Enjoy this new chapter in your life.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 12:09 PM

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