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Lutz retires after nearly four decades

MORRIS – Morris Director of Buildings and Grounds Steve Lutz is retiring after 39 years with the Morris Community High School District.

Lutz said the best part of working for the district for so long was getting to know the students and staff.

“I’ve tried real hard, and I like to look at the accomplishments we’ve made,” Lutz said.

Lutz worked one larger job and he’s proud of the way that came out, but the majority of his work was with infrastructure and adding air conditioning..

Lutz first started part time in 1979 as part of the summer intern project and was hired full time in fall 1980.

He has no big plans for retirement but said he’d stay in the area because of family, and would look for the next chapter of his life.

“I may volunteer in the community and find ways to give back,” he said.

At the regular board meeting Dec. 11, the board voted to replace Lutz with Mark Walker.

Superintendent Pat Halloran said that anytime a district loses an employee with so much time and experience, it’s difficult.

However, replacing them with someone who has over two decades’ experience makes it easier

Walker has been with the district for 21 years and will be paid $67,000 for his new position.

The board also approved Jane Montero as assistant director of buildings and grounds for $40,000.

In addition to the custodial staffing change for next school year, the board accepted a donation from Akzo Nobel in the amount of $5,150 for field work.

Halloran said that even though he and Lutz are leaving at the same time, they are both leaving their jobs in capable hands.

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