Virginia Manganiello, the Colonial School secretary, is retiring this year after working at Colonial since 1995 and in the school district since 1988.
In fact, her connection to the school goes back even farther, as her sons attended Colonial in the 1980s.
After retirement, Mrs. Manganiello plans to spend more time with her twin grandsons and her granddaughter, visit family in Montana, go golfing and visit more with close friends and her family.
“My favorite memory is hard to pick,” she said. “I have so many. Some would be all the fun Halloween parades, the holiday singalonds. I’ve had memories of the special people who visit us here. But I think my favorite memory would be the wonderful people I have worked with over the years.”
“My favorite part about Colonial is the people,” Mrs. Manganiello said. “All the teachers and the children are very friendly and fun to be around. It is a feeling of one big family.”
Mrs. Manganiello is one of three people who are retiring from Colonial this year. Librarian Kim Norman and third grade teacher Joanne Lombardi are also stepping down.
Mrs. Manganello always remembers people’s names, and she is a big part of the school. She knew this reporter’s grandmother, Nancy English, because she was the school librarian.
“I plan to visit Colonial,” Mrs. Manganell said. “I have many friends here whom I intend to stay connected with. Yes, it would be fun to surprise everyone and show up unexpectedly at school. ”
“This will be my first summer not working in 32 years.”