Published On: Thu, Feb 16th, 2017

LCC School says ‘so long’ to long-time employee

LAUREL — For over two decades, now, the school in Laurel has been a familiar place for Deb Stapelman.
Stapelman has now officially retired after putting in close to 23 years at the district.
Deb and her husband Gary will be making their home in Sioux Falls, S.D.
It was a difficult decision, she said.
“We have been thinking about this for a while. We had been talking about moving closer to our kids,” Stapelman said. “We hope to be able to spend more time with our kids and grandkids in Bennington and in Sioux Falls.”
Stapelman, who was the business manager in the Superintendent’s Office, started her employment at Laurel-Concord School on Nov. 1, 1993.
Stapelman said she appreciated the opportunity the school board gave her to work for the district as well as the excellent education their own children received there.
Stapelman enjoyed working with the staff and the students at the school.
“I have always been impressed with the dedication of the staff,” she said. “I worked with a lot of great administrators. I learned a lot from them.”
Stapelman, who is a Coleridge High School graduate, had earned a degree in Business Ad-
ministration from Wayne State College.
Before coming to the school in Laurel, she had previously worked for close to 20 years in the office at the Randolph Public School. Stapelman and her husband both grew up in Cedar County.
“Northeast Nebraska will always be part of our home,” Stapelman said. “We plan to be back often to visit. We still have family and friends that live here. We will miss them along with our church family.”

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