Furry Teachers To Retire

Mrs. Conkey, Mrs. Hafner Announce Retirements
Posted on 03/11/2021
Physical education teacher Lori Hafner with her students at Furry Elementary.Furry Elementary School will lose two of its favorite teachers next school year.

On Wednesday, the Perkins Local School District Board of Education accepted the retirement notices of music teacher Lori Conkey and physical education teacher Lori Hafner.

The retirements are effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Mrs. Conkey has worked full-time for Perkins Schools since September 2008 and had been a substitute in the district’s four buildings for several years prior to that. She also was a teacher in Defiance and Carrollton, and had worked at the Huron Public Library.

“I have absolutely loved being a music teacher,” Mrs Conkey says. “My motto is: Bring the joy. And that's what I try to do each and every day. My heart will always be here at Perkins with my students and the many friends I have made here.”

Mrs. Conkey says she plans to travel with her husband, Steve.

“Right now - Steve and I are going to enjoy our time together,” Mrs. Conkey says.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Hafner has been with the district since August 1989 – and is the second-longest serving teacher in the district.

Anyone who walks through the front door at Furry and hears a ball bouncing or kids running footsteps, knows that Mrs. Hafner’s gym class is in session.

Although Mrs. Hafner has spent most of her time at Furry, she also has taught at Briar Middle School and Meadowlawn Intermediate School. Prior to becoming a full-time teacher, Mrs. Hafner did her student-teaching at Perkins High School and Furry.

“I am retiring so that I can spend more time with my family,” Mrs. Hafner says.

In other action:

The Board also renewed the contracts of these administrators:
• Randall Conoway, transportation supervisor
• Christine Guss, director of special education
• Marcy Henry, literacy coach
• Annette Sennish, student information specialist/EMIS Coordinator/testing coordinator
• Dr. Hillary Turner, student services administrator/psychologist

The Board also heard an abatement proposal from Lake Erie Arms for a new shooting and gun range complex that will be built along Route 250, just south of Kalahari.

Board members said although they liked the project, they wanted more information, including financials about what it will cost the district in tax revenue.