Lyall retires from Cassville R-4 after 28 years

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Jerry Lyall, left, former director of maintenance at the Cassville R-4 School District, laughs as Jim Orrell, former superintendent of Cassville Schools who retired in 2010, explains how his gift of ear plugs can be used. Orrell gave Lyall a feather duster, the ear plugs and a head wrap, which he said Lyall can put to good use at home with his wife during retirement. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com

Former director of maintenance to stay in Cassville area

A mainstay for the Cassville R-4 School District for nearly three decades, Director of Maintenance Jerry Lyall has stepped down from his position and is heading into retirement.

Lyall worked in the district for 28 years keeping the school buildings and grounds in order. He said it's hard to say what he's most looking forward to during his retirement, and he is going to miss the people he worked with in the school district the most.

"I'm not sure how I will enjoy retirement because it wasn't something I necessarily wanted," Lyall said. "I really enjoyed the time I spent working at the Cassville Schools and the people there are some of the best. It was just my time to retire."

Richard Asbill, superintendent of Cassville Schools, said Lyall has been a very important part of the district's daily operations.

"Jerry has been a good friend and co-worker to myself and many others here at the school," he said. "Jerry's influence, dedication and love for his job, school and community will leave a lasting impression for us to maintain."

Lyall spent over 20 years working the Cassville Schools music programs, setting up the sound system and controlling the audio during the performances.

Lyall also played a large role at sporting events. He spent 16 years controlling the scoreboard at the Cassville baseball games, 18 years running the clock and scoreboard at the basketball games and 24 years filming the football games.

David Large, former Cassville head football coach and athletic director, said Lyall was a big asset to the team.

"The fans [did not] see everything he actually does for our football program," he said. "Besides filming, he also [drove] the truck and equipment trailer to away games.

"Guys like Jerry Lyall don't come along very often. We love him and he will be missed."

Lyall did not miss a single football game for 24 years and has plans to continue attending.

The school district held a potluck lunch in honor of Lyall's retirement June 24, and he said he has plans to spend his retirement years in the Cassville area.

Dusty Reid has been hired to fill the facilities and operations director position that has been vacant for two years, and Asbill says there are no plans to replace the maintenance director position, but the school board will review personnel needs with the maintenance department in the coming months.

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