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"Graduating" After Serving WS/FC Schools for 34 Years

Retire 61 JUNE 27, 2019 – After graduating from East Forsyth High School in 1980, Laurie Van Hoy headed to High Point University. After she graduated from there in 1984, Kerry Crutchfield, who was the Director of Finance at the time, hired her to work in payroll for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Now, after more than 34 years of service, Van Hoy is “graduating” again.

Others call it retiring, but Van Hoy likes to think of it as graduating to the next phase in her life. Thursday June 27 is her final day at work. So she donned a cap and gown and popped in to say good-bye to people throughout Central Office.  

After that, people who work with her in the Finance Department gathered to celebrate, along with other people who are special to her. Guests included life-long friend, Fred Chavis, who drives an activity bus, and her husband, Rodney Van Hoy, who works in the school system’s Paint Department. With 27 years of service, he will be sticking around a while longer.

Before enjoying the refreshments, people called for Van Hoy to give a speech. She obliged.

Retire 59 Although she’s looking forward to the next step in life, she said, she will miss everyone.

“Everybody’s heart is so great,” Van Hoy said.

Payroll Specialist Robin Martin had this to say:

“I have worked with her for 30-plus years. She is one of the most creative people in this world.”

“For years, we have said she had missed her calling of becoming a teacher. She loves people and is always willing to help everyone that comes in to the Finance Department.”

“Her humor and kindness will be missed."