Gallery: Kyle Elementary head custodian retires after 32 years

(All photos are courtesy of Hays CISD)

By Megan Wehring

HAYS CISD — The Kyle Elementary School community threw a surprise retirement party on Tuesday, Aug. 31 for longtime head custodian Julia Martinez. She decided to retire after 32 years as a Hays CISD custodian.

Well wishes were given by current Kyle Elementary principal Karen Lucita, educators, staff members, parents, students and former principal Elaine Meyer. Several visitors drove by the campus with signs wishing Martinez a happy retirement.


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Megan Navarro (Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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