SYLACAUGA, Ala. – After 19 and a half years of dedicated service, Kelley Wassermann bid farewell to her roles as Child Nutrition Program, Wellness, and Communications Director at Sylacauga City Schools (SCS).
The retirement celebration took place on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Board of Education’s Central Office in downtown Sylacauga.
Wassermann, a proud alumnus of Sylacauga High School, began her journey in August 2004 as the Child Nutrition Program Director. Over the years, she oversaw the monumental task of ensuring 2,000 students were provided with nutritious breakfasts and lunches daily, managing a monthly average of 35,000 to 40,000 meals.
Her dedication and leadership shone brightly during the challenging COVID-19 years, where supply chain issues posed significant obstacles. Wassermann, along with the SCS nutrition staff, successfully navigated these challenges to ensure no child went hungry.
In 2014, Wassermann assumed the role of Communications Director, leveraging her media experience to highlight the achievements of students beyond athletic fields. She emphasized talent in fine arts and academics, promoting positive aspects of the school system.
One of Wassermann’s proudest achievements was overseeing the construction of a new kitchen for Sylacauga High School, transforming the outdated facilities into a modern, efficient space. Her commitment to child nutrition remained has never faltered, believing that a well-fed child is better equipped to learn.
“I’ve often said that if you’re sitting in church and your stomach starts growling, even as an adult, you’re not going to hear anything else said,” Wassermann expressed. “Well, think about a kid who’s hungry. They’re not going to learn if they’re hungry. We want to make sure that’s not going to be a barrier for them.”
During her retirement celebration, Wassermann expressed gratitude for all the support she’s received throughout the years.
“It’s very touching and humbling,” said Wassermann of the turnout at her retirement celebration. “We’ve had some great memories through the years.”
As Wassermann steps into retirement on Jan. 1, 2024, her legacy remains embedded in the transformed school kitchens and a school community nourished by her dedication.