As a former Army brat, Deborah Baeuchle says it’s been a joy to work in the Fort Leavenworth school district. But after 39 years, she is retiring.
And Baeuchle was honored Friday during a ceremony at MacArthur Elementary School.
“You not only are an educator, but in every sense you have shown us every day what leadership is all about,” said retired Lt. Gen. Robert Arter, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army.
Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, said he is one of many soldiers who are in deep gratitude for what Baeuchle has done over the years.
Caslen presented Baeuchle with an Outstanding Civilian Service Award. Caslen said Baeuchle’s name had been submitted to the secretary of the Army for a higher level civilian award but word of its approval had not yet been received.
Arter presented Baeuchle with an award from the Military Impacted Schools Association. He also presented her with a bust of a soldier, which he said was from the Arter family.
Fort Leavenworth school board president Myron Griswold read a proclamation naming the MacArthur Elementary School’s library after Baeuchle.
The retiring superintendent later said she could not have been given a greater gift because she was the MacArthur’s librarian for 10 years.
“I am very overwhelmed by all of this recognition,” she said.
She said she has been blessed to be part of the district. She thanked the people she has worked with as well as family members.
Baeuchle said she plans to do nothing for a while other than relax and have a good time. She also wants to play tennis and read books that she’s put aside.
She plans to stay in the area.
“This is home,” she said after the ceremony.
Griswold said Baeuchle’s replacement as superintendent has not yet been chosen.