The Worthington Board of Education took a moment to reflect on the retirement of 20 veteran teachers at its Feb. 27 meeting.

The Worthington Board of Education took a moment to reflect on the retirement of 20 veteran teachers at its Feb. 27 meeting.

Jeff Tewart, who teaches mathematics at the Phoenix School, has taught in the same building for 35 years and had an impact on the lives of many students, said board member Julie Keegan.

David Bressman said Stephanie Frederick is a good teacher who had both of his sons at Liberty Elementary School.

"These people are going to be missed," said Marc Schare of the first round of retirements to be announced this year.

More teachers are expected to announce their retirements in the next few weeks.

Those whose retirements were approved on Monday are:

• Polly Bates, reading, Granby Elementary.

• Donna Bond, speech and hearing.

• Mark Bradshaw, Liberty Elementary.

• Andrew Clark, student services dean, Worthington Kilbourne High School.

• Rose Daiga, Spanish, Thomas Worthington High School.

• Susan Dirr, Worthington Estates Elementary.

• Ronald Donnett, counselor, Worthington Park/Worthington Hills.

• Stephanie Frederick, Liberty Elementary.

• Elizabeth Guffey, Liberty Elementary.

• Ian Hamilton, physical education, Thomas Worthington High School.

• Mary Lou Himmel, intervention specialist, Worthington Kilbourne High School.

• Patricia Larrison, intervention specialist, Granby Elementary.

• Susan O'Rourke, Evening Street Elementary.

• Carole Pizzuti, reading, Bluffsview Elementary.

• Margaret Rose Smith, Evening Street Elementary.

• Michele Jill Smith, speech and hearing therapist.

• Joan Taylor, media specialist, Evening Street Elementary.

• Jeffrey Tewart, mathematics, Phoenix School.

• Kay Warren, English, Worthington Kilbourne High School.

• Joanne Zwick, counselor, Liberty Elementary.

Also at the meeting, treasurer Jeff McCuen reported that a 65-percent increase in electric rates that occurred between December and January has been overturned after Worthington and other school districts complained to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

A new rate will be coming from American Electric Power, probably in March, he said. Meanwhile, the district can expect no refunds from January, Februar, or March, he said.