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District 25 choir director retires unexpectedly to care for parents out of state

Jan 20, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

School District 25 is losing its new high school and middle school choir director unexpectedly.

Vocal music teacher Pamela Schweigert requested the board approve her retirement request, effective Jan. 14. Superintendent Terry Snyder told the board Schweigert's parents in Texas have serious health concerns and that she needs to move there to care for them immediately as they deal with deteriorating health.

Schweigert, the longtime vocal music teacher at Wind River District 6, had just completed her first semester in Riverton, where she had taught early in her career before moving to Wind River.

"She's done an excellent job and has worked really hard," Snyder said. "I think it's something we need to do for her because it's something she has to do for her parents."

Snyder said there was a substitute Schweigert has been working with while the open position is being advertised and is filled.

The board approved the request and retirement date without any contingencies.

Schweigert taught vocal music for the district at the elementary level from 1980 to 1988, then taught middle school language arts until 2002. She returned to teach at Riverton last year after teaching at Wind River.

She recently had conducted the RMS and RHS vocal grops in their annual holiday concert, and several of her high school students were named all-state.

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