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5/1/2014 2:43:00 PM
Davisson retires after 40 years at CFHS

by Nora Bryson

Saving its worse news for last Monday night, the Cannon Falls School Board, with deep emotion and heavy hearts, regretfully approved Head of Operations and Maintenance Dave Davisson's retirement.

"Some people impact us more than others," Board Chair Bob Brintnall began soberly, "Dave is a man who's absolutely dedicated his life to the district. There isn't a department not touched by Dave. He's a man of integrity who's always looked out for us."

He asked Davisson if he'd be willing to read his retirement letter aloud; if he could. Davisson obliged. The letter was like a brief history of the district and the progress it has made. Davisson related how he had started in 1973 at $1.60 per hour working 16-hour days and thinking it would only be "for a short time until I found something." Now the district has nine custodians and has added 120,000 square feet (equal to the Elementary). He mused over the fact that his parents and all his children and in-laws have worked for the district at some point and thanked the district for the opportunity to work for them.

"I've already had my cry session this morning," Superintendent Beth Giese interjected. "I was totally caught off guard...Dave is the only person I text at 1, 2, 3 o'clock in the morning. We've been through a fire, a flood, and I've held a flashlight while my feet were frozen when the main burst...(I've been) called his "work-wife"...all I know is that I couldn't have done it without Dave Davisson."

Beissel related how, when he was in 5th grade, probably fairly close to when Davisson was only making $1.60/hr, he thought Davisson was "the richest man in the world because he had the coolest van."

Board member Pat Dougherty commended Davisson for "all the hours" and how, not just the buildings, but the grounds and everything, were always kept so clean and immaculate with attention to detail.

Davisson's retirement is effective June 30, 2014. Information on a district retirement party will be forthcoming.

The board voted to post for the Head of Operations and Maintenance position.

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