On May 28, I visited the front office to say goodbye to Ms. Fussell, a front-office assistant. Due to budget cuts, Ms. Fussell was forced to move to Lynn Road Elementary school for the 2010-2011 school year.
As I walked into the office, phones buzzed and visitors checked in and out. A parent dropped off a bag of mangoes for their child, and two gym class boys came in with skinned elbows. The phone rang seven times, sometimes with both lines humming at once. While handling all of this, Ms. Fussell received two hugs and one “We’ll Miss You” sign.
Between band-aids and phone calls she was kind enough to answer my questions.
Juggling the two black receivers she revealed her love for Leesville. “I’m going to miss the kids the most,” said Fussell.
After four years of work, Ms. Fussel has become a part of the Leesville community, and with two children through the system there is hardly ever a time Ms. Fussel is not associated with Leesville.
“Everything is just sort of meshed together,” she said.
Although Fussell is not thrilled to leave, she tries to stay positive about Lynn Road Elementary.
“Change happens,” Fussell said. “You just have to go with it.”
Many students will miss Ms. Fussell, remarking on her helpful nature and genuine personality.
Miranda Miller, sophomore, said, “I know Ms. Fussell through my mom; they worked together in the PTA for a long time. I go to the office a lot because I forget things, and she has always been really nice. I’m disappointed to see her go. ”
Even though Leesville has given Fussell plenty of stress, she is thankful for her time at the school.
“I can tell you one thing,” she said. “There is never a dull moment.”