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Veteran employees of BISD retire


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Superintendent Regina Howell congratulates Custodial Supervisor Ben Huerta on the occasion of his retirement at a luncheon given in his honor on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Maintenance Department.

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Nelwyn Borgens and BISD Superintendent Regina Howell laugh together as they reminisce about Borgens' career at Alkek Elementary during her retirement luncheon Jan. 9.

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BISD Superintendent Regina Howell congratulates Hill Country Elementary teacher Duna Morris on the occasion of her retirement from teaching on Jan. 14, 2014. Morris taught in Bandera ISD for 21 years.

Three veteran employees of Bandera ISD retired effective Jan. 17, the end of the first semester. Ben Huerta, Nelwyn Borgens and Duna Morris completed a total of 79 years in education, with 73 of those years with BISD.
Huerta, the district custodial supervisor, retired after 31 years with Bandera ISD. Huerta first began as a student worker in high school and rose through the ranks from custodian to head custodian, to custodial foreman, and finally ending his career with BISD as the custodial supervisor. Huerta was noted for his upbeat attitude, dedication and pride in the custodial department.
Borgens retired after 24 years in education, 21 of those years with Bandera ISD. She began her career as a parent volunteer and translated that love of school into a career in teaching. Borgens worked at Alkek Elementary in various capacities; she worked as a Comp Ed teacher, a Special Education teacher, a RTI teacher and a 4th grade teacher. She frequently coached a UIL Academics team at Alkek and was widely regarded as someone who enjoyed working with challenging students.
Pre-K teacher Morris retired after 24 years in teaching. Morris spent 21 years in Bandera ISD. She spent many years teaching kindergarten, and also served students as a social skills teacher, a Title I tutoring teacher, a 2nd grade and 3rd grade teacher. She was noted for her enthusiasm and care for her students.